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Extra Credit by Andrew Clements 1416949313 9781416949312
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It isnt that Abby Carson cant do her schoolwork. She just doesnt 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 Abbys 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, its not proper for a boy to correspond with a girl. So, Sadeeds 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.

Author: Andrew Clements

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 224

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 2011-02-01

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