Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit

Written by Paula Danziger • Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Reviewed by M. S. (age 8)

The story is mostly about a girl named Amber Brown who is having trouble accepting her mom's new boyfriend, and she is having trouble in school. Amber is getting upset with her mother because her mom is spending more time with Max than with Amber. Things in school are getting out of control. Amber is doing even worse in school. Amber needs extra credit very badly. She starts talking to Max, and they start to get along. Max does some cooking with Amber. Now, Amber is excited to have him as her mom's boyfriend.

The lesson learned from this story is that you shouldn't judge people too quickly. You should wait until you get to know them.

This story was funny because it had a happy ending at the end of each chapter. I liked it because Amber made friends with Max.

My favorite part of the story was when Amber put all odd ingredients in her recipe when she was cooking. That gave me quite a laugh!

Amber changed in many ways because of her mom's boyfriend. Also her mom even said that Amber had never acted the way she was acting.

I would recommend this book to one of my friends because they did not like their mother's boyfriend just like Amber. But in the end my friend started to like her mother's boyfriend just like Amber. That is why I would recommend this book to my friend.

M. S. is a student in Ms. M.'s 1st-5th Grade Class
2004-2005