Extra Credit

by Andrew Clements
199 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by bookRacoon

Awesome read.


Abby 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.


The 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 Content

Sadeet is Muslim, and Abby has been to church a few times, although not every Sunday.


A man from another village attempts to kidnap Sadeet for trespassing.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

None; some people tease Sadeet about having a girlfriend.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



This 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.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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