Jordan Johnston is an ordinary 6th grader–too ordinary. Jordan wants to be exceptional, but when she sums up her abilities, the lists of things that she “stinks at” and is “okay at” are much longer than the list of things that Jordan is “good at.” During the last week of 6th grade, a mean girl, Marlea finds Jordan’s lists, and uses them to torment her. As Jordan strives to respond to Marlea’s taunts in a kind and gracious way, she begins to see being remarkable doesn’t always mean being pretty, or smart, or athletic. Although it doesn’t seem like her strength of character is very impressive to Jordan’s classmates, when disaster strikes Jordan finally gets a chance to put her talents to use.
Another great school story by Andrew Clements.
Reviewed by Grace