Extra Credit

Extra Credit

Paperback - 2011
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It isn't that Abby Carson can't do her schoolwork. She just doesn't like doing it. And consequently, Abby will have to repeat sixth grade--unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra credit project: find a pen pal in a distant country. But when Abby's first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, complications arise. The elders agree that any letters going back to America must be written well, but the only qualified English-speaking student is a boy. And in this village, it's not proper for a boy to correspond with a girl. So, Sadeed's sister will dictate and sign the letters for him. But what about the villagers who believe that girls should not be anywhere near a school? And what about those who believe that any contact with Americans is...unhealthy?

As letters flow back and forth--between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of central Asia, across cultural and religious divides, through the minefields of different lifestyles and traditions--a small group of children begin to speak and listen to each other. And in just a few short weeks, they make important discoveries about their communities, about their world, and most of all, about themselves.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 2011
ISBN: 9781416949312
1416949313

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As letters flow back and forth--between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides--Abby, Amira, and Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other.


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winstonch
Dec 16, 2013

this is really enjoyable and interesting! I
liked it very much!

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smoky9
Jul 30, 2012

A nice book about penpals.

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Blue_Cheetah_1
Jul 16, 2012

this book was for summer reading and i thought it was an O.K. book although i wouldn' have read it if i wanted to.

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tentenli
Jul 22, 2011

I love this book!! I learned so much in this book. Everyone should read this!! :)

ms_sarah Feb 01, 2011

This is such a wonderful book, giving readers a glimpse of what life might be like for kids in Afghanistan.

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Irene Byun
Apr 14, 2010

I enjoyed this book very much!!!~
Andrew Clements is a great author
I love all his books!!~
Anyone who reads this will enjoys it

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