Extra Creditby Andrew Clements
199 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by bookRacoon
PlotAbby Carson has slacked off for the entire sixth grade year. She finally becomes serious when a warning letter arrives in the mail: she will have to repeat the sixth grade, unless she shapes up her schoolwork and does an extra credit assignment - writing to a pen-pal. Her pen-pal is Sadeet Bayat, a boy from a village in Afghanistan. The story revolves around their writing to each other, and the complications involved between one culture writing to another culture. Abby and Sadeet tell of their lives throughout the book.
MoralityThe Afghans in Sadeet's village are divided about whether or not they should be writing to a girl from the country that is invading their own.
Spiritual ContentSadeet is Muslim, and Abby has been to church a few times, although not every Sunday.
ViolenceA man from another village attempts to kidnap Sadeet for trespassing.
Drug and Alcohol ContentNone.
Sexual ContentNone; some people tease Sadeet about having a girlfriend.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentNone.
ConclusionThis story was a really deep and exciting read. I recommend it to others because it can open up some eyes that America is not the only culture there is; there is a whole, huge world, with different cultures and customs, out there.
|Written for Age:||11-12|
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