Andrew Clements, who is an American national, is an author and doubles up as an editor and teacher. Clements’ niche is especially juvenile literature and his literary work encompasses both standalone books and series of books. Clements, who is a sexagenarian, was born in May 1949. Clements’ birthplace is Camden upon New Jersey, in the United States.
Order of Jake Drake Series
|1||Jake Drake Know-It-All||2001|
|2||Jake Drake, Bully Buster||2001|
|3||Jake Drake, Teacher's Pet||2001|
|4||Jake Drake, Class Clown||2002|
Order of Benjamin Pratt Series
|1||We the Children||2010|
|3||The Whites of Their Eyes||2011|
|4||In Harm's Way||2013|
|5||We Hold These Truths||2013|
Order of Pets To The Rescue Series
|1||Ringo Saves The Day!||2001|
|3||Dolores and the Big Fire||2002|
|4||Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends||2002|
Order of Things Series
Order of Reading Program Series
|1||Milo's Great Invention||1995|
|2||Three Wishes For Buster||1996|
|4||Bill Pickett an American Original Texas Style||1997|
|6||Life in the Desert||1998|
|8||Ham And Eggs For Jack||1999|
Order of Real Monsters Series
|1||Things That Go Eek on Halloween||1997|
|3||Go for the Mold||1997|
|4||Gromble's Haunted Halloween||1998|
Order of Slippers Series
|1||Slippers At School||2004|
|2||Slippers At Home||2004|
|3||Naptime For Slippers||2005|
|4||Slippers Loves to Run||2006|
Order of Andrew Clements Standalone Novels
In his early age, Andrew Clements resided in Cherry Hill and Oaklyn, a township and borough in New Jersey, respectively, till he was a sixth grader. Thereafter, Clements’ family relocated from New Jersey to Springfield upon Illinois. Clements’ parents were bibliophiles and instilled in him the urge to read. Presently, Clements is domiciled in Maine.
For his O levels, Andrew Clements went to Springfield High School. For his undergraduate studies, Clements attended the Evanston-based Northwestern University wherein he majored in literature and later on received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature. For his postgraduate education, Clements enrolled at the Chicago-based National Louis University whereby he received his Master’s in Teaching degree.
Thereafter, Andrew Clements had a seven-year long teaching stint in Chicago schools; Clements taught fourth graders, eight graders, and high school students. Clements opines that he liked brainstorming sessions together with his pupils and students.
Andrew Clements: Early Writing Career
While still in Springfield High School, his teacher of English complimented him on a poem that he penned earlier and commended on its possible publication. Clements imagined himself as a writer and was greatly encouraged when Northwestern University professors further complimented his essays.
After witnessing a decline in the number of pupils and students enrolling and experiencing retrenchment twice, Andrew Clements quit teaching definitely. He relocated to New York and had a short-lived stint writing songs. Even then the ill-fated songwriting stint instilled in Clements a penchant for sitting to conjure things up.
Andrew Clements plunged into the publishing industry after he gave up on songwriting. He was acknowledged for his participation in the publication of the 1983 book entitled A County Christmas Treasury. However, his greatest inspiration for writing was during the time he worked for Picture Book Studio whereby his interaction with authors and book illustrators prompted him to publish his own picture books.
Andrew Clements, who prefers writing while keeping from the distractions of modern conveniences such as television and phone, debuted in 1996 and his debut book is called Frindle, a standalone. However, an earlier series that Clements wrote is called Things. The first edition of the first book in this trilogy was initially published in March 2002, titled Things Not Seen. This book is shelved under the young adult, fiction, fantasy, and science fiction genres.
Bobby Philips is the featured central character in Andrew Clements’ book Things Not Seen. Meet protagonist Bobby Phillips. Phillips is a normal teenage boy who attends a preparatory school. His father and mother are a physicist and English professor, respectively.
The turning point in Andrew Clements’ first book in the serialized Things, Things Not Seen, is the moment when Bobby Phillips becomes invisible out of the blue and his parents keep it under wraps. The invisible Phillips chances upon and befriends a blind girl called Alicia as his parents race against time to troubleshoot his invisibility in this Schneider Family Book Award-winning book.
Andrew Clements Awards
Andrew Clements has won many awards for his books. In 2004, Clements’s book Things Not Seen clinched Schneider Family Book Award and was nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Award. In 2016, Clements’ book Frindle bagged the Phoenix Award. In 2006, Andrew Clements’ 2006 entitled Room One was nominated for the Agatha Award, in the Best Children’s Young Adult category; in 2017, the said book clinched the Edgar Award in the Best Juvenile category.
Between 1998 and 2001, Andrew Clements clinched many other contemporary awards ranging from choice awards to honor book awards. For instance, in 2009, Andrew Clements’ 2007 book No Talking clinched the Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award and Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award.
In 2007, Andrew Clements’ 2007 book Lunch Money clinched the Keystone to Reading Book Award and Simon Honor Book Award. In 2006, Clements 2004 book titled The Report Card clinched the Charlie May Simon Children’s Award. In 2001, Clements’ 1999 book The Landry News clinched the Simon Honor Book Award. In 2005, Andrew Clements’ 2002 A Week in the Woods clinched the Keystone to Reading Book Award and Iowa Children’s Choice Award.
Best Andrew Clements Books
The following are the best books authored by Andrew Clements. The first is the aforementioned Things Not Seen.
Room One: It features a fifth grader called Ted Hammond who sees a mysterious face in a neglected farmhouse whose owners supposedly left two years previously.
Frindle: The third is titled Frindle. It features a troublemaker and lazy fifth grader called Nicholas Allen; in a bid to distract a teacher, Allen renames the pen–calling it frindle–and becomes famous nationally.
Other Books You May Like
Readers who liked the books authored by Andrew Clements also liked the following series of books. The first is called “Hank Zipzer” series, authored by Henry Winkler. It features Hank Zipzer, a dyslexic and lively second grader who performs dismally at school. The second is “Joey Pigza” series, a quintet penned by Jack Gantos. Protagonist Joey Pigza has attention deficit disorder. The third one is titled “The Homework Machine” series, a duology authored by Dan Gutman. It is all about child characters that garner fame after creating a machine that can do homework on their behalf.