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Extra Credit

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By (author) Andrew Clements, Illustrated by Mark Elliott

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 189 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 188mm x 18mm | 45g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416949313
  • ISBN 13: 9781416949312
  • Illustrations note: black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 99,651

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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.

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