A Week in the Woods

by Andrew Clements
190 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by bookRacoon

Good read about a boy, his teacher, and their school's adventure.


Mark Chelmsley's parents have sent him to live in a mansion in New Hampshire. This is a huge change for Mark: from New York and a private school to a small town in New Hampshire. At his new school, Hardy Elementary, Mark's science teacher, Mr. Maxwell, can immediately tell that Mark is a slacker. When the fifth grade goes on a camping trip, the famous Week in the Woods, Mark runs away when Mr. Maxwell mistakenly accuses him of bringing a weapon to school. Mr. Maxwell then looks for Mark, injuring himself in the process. Mark and Mr. Maxwell spend the night together, and a new friendship is made.


At first, Mark is the typical spoiled, super-rich kid who wants nothing to do with lower people. However, Mark learns to love his new home, school, friends and, eventually, teachers.

Spiritual Content



Mr. Maxwell accidentally sprains his ankle while looking for Mark. The ankle is swollen and hurts, but is fine after treatment back at the camp. The book doesn't say when Mr. Maxwell actually sprained his ankle; the teacher just tells Mark later on in the book.

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Crude or Profane Language or Content



Another good read by Andrew Clements. This story about Mark and Mr. Maxwell makes me smile. The descriptions about Mark and his life fill my mind and make this story all the more fun.

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

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