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Amber Brown is in deep trouble. Lately, no matter what she does, it isn't enough. She straightens up her room, sort of. She does her homework, well, most of it. And she agrees to meet Max, her mother's new boyfriend, but she doesn't agree to like him. Now her mother is angry, her teacher wants all of her homework, and Max keeps trying to make her laugh. What's Amber to do? Amber Brown is in deep trouble. Lately, no matter what she does, it isn't enough. She straightens up her room, sort of. She does her homework, well, most of it. And she agrees to meet Max, her mother's new boyfriend, but she doesn't agree to like him. Now her mother is angry, her teacher wants all of her homework, and Max keeps trying to make her laugh. What's Amber to do? All she wants is a little extra credit. She really tries... But how will she succeed?


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Amber Brown is in deep trouble. Lately, no matter what she does, it isn't enough. She straightens up her room, sort of. She does her homework, well, most of it. And she agrees to meet Max, her mother's new boyfriend, but she doesn't agree to like him. Now her mother is angry, her teacher wants all of her homework, and Max keeps trying to make her laugh. What's Amber to do? Amber Brown is in deep trouble. Lately, no matter what she does, it isn't enough. She straightens up her room, sort of. She does her homework, well, most of it. And she agrees to meet Max, her mother's new boyfriend, but she doesn't agree to like him. Now her mother is angry, her teacher wants all of her homework, and Max keeps trying to make her laugh. What's Amber to do? All she wants is a little extra credit. She really tries... But how will she succeed?

30 review for Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit

  1. 5 out of 5

    J. Boo

    So as of this week, DS#1 (age 7)'s school has noticed his attempts to tackle a three hundred page biography of Patton and is giving him take-home books written above the "Hop on Pop" level. This was one of them. I already miss the Hop-on-Pops. First person novel, somewhere in the middle of the series but seems sufficiently stand-alone. Amber Brown's parents are divorced and dating others seriously. Her father lives in France and seldom, if ever, sees her. Amber's mother wants her to like the moth So as of this week, DS#1 (age 7)'s school has noticed his attempts to tackle a three hundred page biography of Patton and is giving him take-home books written above the "Hop on Pop" level. This was one of them. I already miss the Hop-on-Pops. First person novel, somewhere in the middle of the series but seems sufficiently stand-alone. Amber Brown's parents are divorced and dating others seriously. Her father lives in France and seldom, if ever, sees her. Amber's mother wants her to like the mother's boyfriend of a few months (wut?) Amber whines and mopes a lot about this and everything else. It's all very bleah (though possibly therapeutic to Danziger, who seems to have had an unhappy childhood.) Some girls may be into the material, but very few boys, if any. Which is just as well, because DS#1 whines and mopes enough as it is. That's in addition to his anxiousness; I'd prefer my worrywart not add worrying about parental splits and abandonment to his list. "Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit" will float back to school unread by its target.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Princess Twilight Sparkle

    From Refracted Light's Middle Grade Monday feature: What was the book about (without giving away what happens)? The book is about a girl who meets her mom’s boyfriend. (The girl’s parents are divorced.) And she has to do a brownie project for school for extra credit. Did you enjoy this story? Why? I enjoyed this story because I like the Amber Brown series. I don’t know why. I just like it. Oh! And I liked when Howie does funny things with his sister’s Barbies. Like when he sticks Barbie in his sister From Refracted Light's Middle Grade Monday feature: What was the book about (without giving away what happens)? The book is about a girl who meets her mom’s boyfriend. (The girl’s parents are divorced.) And she has to do a brownie project for school for extra credit. Did you enjoy this story? Why? I enjoyed this story because I like the Amber Brown series. I don’t know why. I just like it. Oh! And I liked when Howie does funny things with his sister’s Barbies. Like when he sticks Barbie in his sister’s lunch box. Lunch Meat Barbie! Was there a particular character that you liked the most? I love Amber Brown because she’s funny and is a good friend. Which character did you like the least? There was no character that I liked the least. Was there anything about the story that you didn’t like or that confused you? There was nothing about the story that confused me. Did you learn anything from this book? Was there a moral to this story? I learned that there are a lot of kinds of brownies. Like brownies with gummy worms, candy corn, M&Ms and tuna fish. Did you like the way the book ended? Yes. It made me happy. Do you like the cover? Yes. I love the picture and the colors. Would you recommend this book to your friends? I recommend this book to people who love Amber Brown and brownies. Draw a picture of something from the book, that does not reveal the ending.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Great for Kids. Amber deals with so much in this single book. Her parents divorce, Friend moves away, her mother meeting someone new that she fears will replace her father, her father meeting new people as well, and above all that her school work is slipping. It's sad to see that she still has hopes that her parents will get back together. However, she is taking the news (in my opinion) pretty harshly. But I believe this book also shows that kids don't really open up to their parents or she woul Great for Kids. Amber deals with so much in this single book. Her parents divorce, Friend moves away, her mother meeting someone new that she fears will replace her father, her father meeting new people as well, and above all that her school work is slipping. It's sad to see that she still has hopes that her parents will get back together. However, she is taking the news (in my opinion) pretty harshly. But I believe this book also shows that kids don't really open up to their parents or she would've had this whole ordeal worked out. Overall, nice book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gianni Llano

    Amber Brown's parent'a divorce is taking a toll on her, it's even affecting her school work. She's forced to adjust to change and learns that change is life and she has to roll with the punches,

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Seidel

    For my book, I read Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit. This book is about a girl named Amber Brown who is in a lot of trouble with her mother. She is in trouble because her room is messy and she got a bad note from her teacher. So to make her mom happy she does things around the house for her. She also tries to get her mom to not date someone. Will she succeed in her quest?  I really loved the sense of humor the author put into this book because it was really funny The book is very childish and remi For my book, I read Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit. This book is about a girl named Amber Brown who is in a lot of trouble with her mother. She is in trouble because her room is messy and she got a bad note from her teacher. So to make her mom happy she does things around the house for her. She also tries to get her mom to not date someone. Will she succeed in her quest?  I really loved the sense of humor the author put into this book because it was really funny The book is very childish and reminds of when my dad wouldn't let me out of my room until it was spotless. I loved how she tried to help her mom in every way possible so that she wouldn't be mad anymore because that is exactly what I do. One thing I didn't like was that she tried to break her mom apart from her boyfriend because that is really stupid if you don't like someone doesn't mean you get to try and break them apart. I would recommend this book to people who want an easy read. Or if they aren't very good at reading this is an easy read. I would recommend it to these kinds of people because of the words are very large and easy to see. Also, it is fairly short so it shouldn't take that long to read. 

  6. 4 out of 5

    Photina

    Read this with my youngest daughter. She absolutely loved it. She laughed throughout the book and cannot wait to read more. Amber is a good character and has a lot to handle in this book. I had to explain a bit about divorce to my daughter, but otherwise she understood what was going on and wants to make brownies now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Namba

    better than i expected and timely for me. my niece is adjusting to a new step mother and i think this series will be good for her. i love that the teacher holds her accountable aaand doesn't let her do extra credit. i love that max has a good come to jesus talk with her. and i love that both parents are moving on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Baker

    My kiddo that I am tutoring at the University of Utah Reading Clinic for my Assessment and Intervention Grad School class is reading this book. I read it so we can be on the same page...literally. Cute book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Lynne

    This is a book i remember owning AMD loving as a young child after getting it at a Scholastic Book Fair. It is a lot more deep and real and personal than I remember. Still love it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samara Evans

    It is so good so fear I got to the part when Max and Amber played a game in a stroybrownys then Ambers mom came It is so good

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sierra Salyards

    Title: Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit Author: Paula Danziger Illustrator: Tony Ross Genre: Transitional Chapter Book Theme(s): growing up, dealing with changes, family, friendship Opening line/sentence: "I, Amber Brown, being of sound mind and no money (I spent it all on a book, a computer game, and some junk food), do hereby give my mother five Amberino Certificates for her birthday." Brief Book Summary: A favorite from Danziger's "Amber Brown" series, this book follows fourth grade student Amber Br Title: Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit Author: Paula Danziger Illustrator: Tony Ross Genre: Transitional Chapter Book Theme(s): growing up, dealing with changes, family, friendship Opening line/sentence: "I, Amber Brown, being of sound mind and no money (I spent it all on a book, a computer game, and some junk food), do hereby give my mother five Amberino Certificates for her birthday." Brief Book Summary: A favorite from Danziger's "Amber Brown" series, this book follows fourth grade student Amber Brown as she tries to navigate life after her parent's divorce. Her father has moved away to France, and now her mother has begun dating a man named Max. Distraught with all these changes, Amber's schoolwork falls by the wayside, and now she has to think of a way to bring her grades up fast! It just might take some help form some new people in Amber's life to make it happen. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: 120 pp. Putnam ISBN 0-399-22900-0 (3) 4-6 series. Amber Brown's unhappiness about having to meet her mother's new boyfriend makes her unable to concentrate on schoolwork, and her grades fall. When she does meet Max, the boyfriend, he helps her with a school project and Amber finds that she likes him. Amber, a combination of sophistication and vulnerability, won't disappoint the readers of her earlier adventures in this breezy chapter book. Horn Book Guide. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Janice M. Del Negro (The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books, October 1996 (Vol. 50, No. 2)) Amber (familiar from Amber Brown Goes Fourth, BCCB 11/95, etc.) is having a rough time after her parents' divorce: her new teacher wants her homework and she wants it on time, her father is in Paris with a new girlfriend and her child, and her mother has a new boyfriend, "gorilla face" Max. Danziger's light touch keeps it all in humorous perspective without condescending to new fifth-grader Amber, who is having difficulty coping with the revelation that life is not fair. Characterizations are concise and cogent, with caring parents and teachers engaging in believable dialogue with only somewhat precocious children. There's a lot of how-I'm-feeling-about-all-this-stuff going on in place of a compelling plot, but Danziger does a good job at making the old adjustment to the divorce story palatable. Ross' pen-and-ink drawings, scattered throughout the text, are cheerfully emotive and lend a scampy tone to the story's characterizations. Amber is a likable, credible character and series fans will be happy with her adjustment to real life. Ad--Additional book of acceptable quality for collections needing more material in the area. Response to Two Professional Reviews: Because the Amber Brown series was a favorite of mine growing up, my personal bias may bestowing through, but I don't think that these reviews do this book justice. They focus too much on summarizing the plot and not enough on what the book has to offer to young readers. Additionally, the second review includes some slight inaccuracies; for example, it claims that Amber is a fifth grader, when in fact, she is in fourth grade. I do agree with the reviewers, however, that the book focuses more on the character's feelings and therefore lacks a suspenseful, "page-turning" plot. However, I think that due to the issues that the book tackles, such as divorce and coping with change, it's good for readers to understand and relate to the feelings that come with those circumstances. Evaluation of Literary Elements: The simple, humorous language in the book creates a completely believable idea that a fourth grader is narrating the story. Short, choppy sentences mix with casual dialogue that are easy for elementary students to read. These shorter thought processes are easily comprehendible and very much like how a fourth grader really talks and thinks. The simple and sparse pen-and-ink images gives readers further insight to how Amber is feeling without distracting the reader from the story. Consideration of Instructional Application: This book, and the series as a whole, are definitely books I would keep in my classroom library for students to take out and put in their book boxes. Many students like reading books in a series, so this is a good option to give them. In regard to this book out of the series in particular, I could read an excerpt about Amber deciding what to choose for her "how-to" project to give students some ideas before presenting them with a "how-to" project of their own. This book would also be great to read aloud little by little to students, perhaps as a way for students to wind down at the end of the day.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Krutika K.

    Have you ever felt been in deep trouble no matter what you do? Amber Brown is in deep trouble no matter what she does. Amber complains about her mother always saying that her room is messy, and her teacher complains that her homework is always in late. She feels in trouble the most when her mother starts dating someone. Her mother is dating a man named Max. Amber's job is be on her best behavior when Max, Amber and her mother go out to dinner. So to make up for the trouble she gets in Amber need Have you ever felt been in deep trouble no matter what you do? Amber Brown is in deep trouble no matter what she does. Amber complains about her mother always saying that her room is messy, and her teacher complains that her homework is always in late. She feels in trouble the most when her mother starts dating someone. Her mother is dating a man named Max. Amber's job is be on her best behavior when Max, Amber and her mother go out to dinner. So to make up for the trouble she gets in Amber needs to hang in there for one night, Amber dislikes Max so to her this is going to be really hard. So when Amber goes out to dinner she is gets in a lot of trouble more than she plans to. When Max tries to make a move in Amber's eyes she does something crazy! This book is funny, and a great fun book to read. Read Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit by Paula Danziger to read about Amber's struggle.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is another good book in the Amber Brown series. Unfortunately, we've read a bunch of these books out of order - I wish they were labeled a little better to help figure out what order they are in. We figured it out mostly based on publication date and book groupings, but we've gone back and forth in time with this character more than we'd like. Oh well, in any case, the stories are good and the character is so engaging. We've enjoyed watching Amber get older and become more independent. We'v This is another good book in the Amber Brown series. Unfortunately, we've read a bunch of these books out of order - I wish they were labeled a little better to help figure out what order they are in. We figured it out mostly based on publication date and book groupings, but we've gone back and forth in time with this character more than we'd like. Oh well, in any case, the stories are good and the character is so engaging. We've enjoyed watching Amber get older and become more independent. We've agonized over her traumatic family breakup and her best friend moving away. And we've cheered for her to succeed at her latest project - our girls would love to copy her Amber Brownies idea. We only have a few books left in the series and we look forward to reading them soon.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Logan Hughes

    Amber resists meeting her mother's new boyfriend, Max, because she is holding onto the hope that her parents will get back together; and her grades slip as she's distracted by family issues. Her teacher refuses to assign extra credit, and Amber's mom brings it home by telling her she doesn't get extra credit for living life. She can just do her best. Amber Brown books always feel really short -- even by the standards of a book about a fourth-grader -- but each one very vividly captures a specifi Amber resists meeting her mother's new boyfriend, Max, because she is holding onto the hope that her parents will get back together; and her grades slip as she's distracted by family issues. Her teacher refuses to assign extra credit, and Amber's mom brings it home by telling her she doesn't get extra credit for living life. She can just do her best. Amber Brown books always feel really short -- even by the standards of a book about a fourth-grader -- but each one very vividly captures a specific moment in time, and work well both as standalones and as part of a series. They feel both big and small, dealing with big feelings through small events and interactions. The focus on divorce, cultural references, and names (Amber, Brandi, Tiffany, etc.) mark them clearly as 90s.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Agali Jimenez

    I chose this book because I thought it was going to be about school and how she wasn't able to get extra credit but I was wrong. The plot is that her parents divorce and they are both seeing different people. She is not so happy about that. "He is not my dad! He is my friend." I like this because her moms boyfriend is being confused with her father and she doesn't like it but she gives him a chance as a friend. I thought the style was great because it had lots of emotions. Yes, I would recommend I chose this book because I thought it was going to be about school and how she wasn't able to get extra credit but I was wrong. The plot is that her parents divorce and they are both seeing different people. She is not so happy about that. "He is not my dad! He is my friend." I like this because her moms boyfriend is being confused with her father and she doesn't like it but she gives him a chance as a friend. I thought the style was great because it had lots of emotions. Yes, I would recommend this book to whoever likes drama because this book has alot of drama.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I liked this Amber Brown book better than the last one I read. Amber is easier to identify with in this book, as she is struggling to adjust to her parents' divorce and her mother dating someone new. Her academic performance suffers as she copes with the myriad changes in her life. Any kid whose parents have been divorced will likely be able to understand Amber's frustration with having minimal control over her parents' decisions.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    This series is a must read for young children dealing with divored/seperated parents. In this book Amber Brown has to meet her mothers new boyfreind. What if she hates him? What if she likes him? How will her father feel about her possibly liking her mom's new boyfriend? Does this mean her parents are definatly not getting back together? All these questions severly effect Amber's attitude and her school work.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    Easy 2/3 read Amber is upset about her parents divorce, and it is effecting her school work. She wants extra credit to pull up her grades before her mom finds out. It is a straight forward look at divorce, and issues a child faces, mom dating, dad dating, to like or not like the new fiance. I appreciate that Amber and her mother talk things out, and the mother is moving forward with her life, rather than putting her life on hold until her child grows up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Amber finally meets Max, her mother's boyfriend. She wrestles with thoughts about whether liking Max is a betrayal to her dad. Finding out her dad is seeing a person named Judith is another blow to her. Amber's grades are also suffering because of these conflicts. Amber is a very engaging and genuine character with well-realized emotions and reactions. Danziger explores difficult issues in a way young readers can relate to.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brie Tennyson

    "Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit" is a book I read with my reading buddy. We had fun reading about Amber, who is a girl in 4th grade just like my reading buddy. This book was about Amber dealing not only with school but also meeting her mom's boyfriend and all the other problems 4th graders deal with. It is a fun book that is a nice, easy read for children. I think ages 7-11 or so would be a great age range for young readers and this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    A good idea for applying this book in a classroom would be, "As you read aloud with students, ask them to guess what is going to happen next and why. Have them write down their thoughts. Then, get your students to share their different imaginings of what is going to happen with the rest of the class.

  22. 4 out of 5

    JennE

    Another relevant issue.....schoolwork that is affected by issues at home..in the Amber Brown series. Amber is trying or trying not to get to know Max, her mom's boyfriend. Amber is having a truly difficult time with the changes as well as all the emotions that go with it. If she likes Max, then she feels disloyal to her dad as well as accepting her parents divorce.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tuell

    this is a good book for children 10 and older. the book is talks about divorces, bras, killings of barbie, and other stuff that may not be suitable for younder children. it talks about how amber is unhappy because her mom is dating a new guy and it seems to effect her school work. through her school work, she came to know her mother's boyfriend.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This story would be a good book for children whose parents are going through a divorce. Amber struggles with her feelings about her parents' divorce and her mom's new boyfriend. She thinks about acting out to show her parents what the divorce is doing to her & how it's affecting her school work. I liked this story & think it has a place in the modern classroom.

  25. 5 out of 5

    vampire (dipita) grul

    Amber Brown is in deep troube. No matter what she does, it's no enough. her room is mess he homework is late and her mom is dating someone! what can she do? she has to get extra credit! it teaches u a leeson to!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book is about how Amber Brown needs to work harder in school. And has to work hard on her newest homework which is to explain how to do something. Amber decided to make AMBER BROWNies with all sorts of toppings!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andd Becker

    Written in 1st person narrative, this divorce-aftermath book chronicles a nine-year-old girl's feelings of anger. Backtalk characterizes the kid's reaction to her mother's new boyfriend and her father's new girlfriend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Lan

    Amber Brown is so distracted with everything going on in her life, that she is having trouble in school. Her teacher sends a note home and tells her that she needs to work very hard if she wants to bring her grade up. Amber comes up with an exciting project that will improve her grade for sure!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Amber Brown wants extra credit is extremely interesting. Also, many children can relate to Amber and her life. the only reason the fifth star isn't checked is because there were some parts of it that we a little to dramatic about her parent's divorce.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    While our family has not been through a situation like Amber's, some of my daughter's friends have. I believe it expanded her view about different life experiences in a meaningful way. She enjoyed hearing many of the things Amber said and did.

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