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Mark Chelmsley IV has never felt truly at home anywhere. With only four months left in the fifth grade before he starts at an exclusive boarding school, Mark doesn't think it's even worth trying to settle in. What changes his mind is a Week in the Woods- the annual school camping trip. But even there, things go wrong. Mark covers for a friend and lands himself in Big Troub Mark Chelmsley IV has never felt truly at home anywhere. With only four months left in the fifth grade before he starts at an exclusive boarding school, Mark doesn't think it's even worth trying to settle in. What changes his mind is a Week in the Woods- the annual school camping trip. But even there, things go wrong. Mark covers for a friend and lands himself in Big Trouble: his nemesis, science teacher Mr. Maxwell, suspends him. Just as Mr. Maxwell is about take Mark home, Mark runs off into the woods, putting his survival skills- and Mr. Maxwell's- to the test.


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Mark Chelmsley IV has never felt truly at home anywhere. With only four months left in the fifth grade before he starts at an exclusive boarding school, Mark doesn't think it's even worth trying to settle in. What changes his mind is a Week in the Woods- the annual school camping trip. But even there, things go wrong. Mark covers for a friend and lands himself in Big Troub Mark Chelmsley IV has never felt truly at home anywhere. With only four months left in the fifth grade before he starts at an exclusive boarding school, Mark doesn't think it's even worth trying to settle in. What changes his mind is a Week in the Woods- the annual school camping trip. But even there, things go wrong. Mark covers for a friend and lands himself in Big Trouble: his nemesis, science teacher Mr. Maxwell, suspends him. Just as Mr. Maxwell is about take Mark home, Mark runs off into the woods, putting his survival skills- and Mr. Maxwell's- to the test.

30 review for A Week in the Woods (AUDIOBOOK) [CD]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evelynn

    Okay, in my opinion, this is Andrew Clements' best book! Truly! When I started out reading this, I figured it was going to be 4 stars. But it came out being five! Throughout the book, Clements described in true detail Mark's thoughts and his surroundings. Though I usually find myself bored with a lot of description and thoughts and less dialogue, there was a balance. With this story it made sense, and it kept my attention well. Also, I loved the fact that Clements focused on just Mark and Mr. Maxw Okay, in my opinion, this is Andrew Clements' best book! Truly! When I started out reading this, I figured it was going to be 4 stars. But it came out being five! Throughout the book, Clements described in true detail Mark's thoughts and his surroundings. Though I usually find myself bored with a lot of description and thoughts and less dialogue, there was a balance. With this story it made sense, and it kept my attention well. Also, I loved the fact that Clements focused on just Mark and Mr. Maxwell (who drove me nuts at first and got me really frustrated because he was discrimination against Mark because Mr. Maxwell thought he was a "spoiled lazy rich kid"). I could really relate with Mark for some reason. I could understand everything - and I mean everthing - he went through. I would have reacted the same way he did with everything! Though I probably wouldn't have run into the woods like he did later on. But everything else was the same! And maybe that's the reason I loved this book so much: I could truly say that I would have had the same thoughts, the same actions, and the same mindset about everything up to when he took off into the woods. Oh, and I have to say, there was one section in the book that got me to laughing even though it wasn't meant to be funny. Clements used the phrase "moment of clarity" when Mark suddenly realized what he was doing and what should be done. But that reminded me of the scene in Wreck-It Ralph where Zangief said, "Then, I have moment of clarity." xP xD I just had to share that. Anyhoo, I hope my review gets some people (like you *points at the person who is reading this*) to take the time to read this book! Because I don't think you'll regret it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Maybe not in my top three Clements, but close. Really close. This is quiet - and heartwarming - and nuanced. Clements explores how rootless and lonely a rich kid can be, even though he seems to have everything, and how fallible teachers can be, even when they think they're doing the right thing. The only kind of people Mr. Maxwell disliked more than slackers were environmentally insensitive, buy-the-whole-world rich folks. And the only people he disliked more than rich folks were their lazy, spoil Maybe not in my top three Clements, but close. Really close. This is quiet - and heartwarming - and nuanced. Clements explores how rootless and lonely a rich kid can be, even though he seems to have everything, and how fallible teachers can be, even when they think they're doing the right thing. The only kind of people Mr. Maxwell disliked more than slackers were environmentally insensitive, buy-the-whole-world rich folks. And the only people he disliked more than rich folks were their lazy, spoiled kids.This same Mr. Maxwell reserves judgement, notices that Mark looks sad, too, and that he's probably bored in class. He reaches out and is rebuffed - Mark's sad and lonely and a fifth-grader! - and promptly convinces himself that he's right for being tougher on Mark. And then there's Jason's knife and Mark being convinced he can follow a map and the basic human decency stuff and I just sit here remembering how wonderful this book was - and is.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Another entertaining Andre Clements book for our road trip. As always,the book kept my family’s attention, but I felt like the last fourth of the book was a little weak as he tried to tie everything together.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kiefer Church

    The book A WEEK IN THE WOODS by Andrew Clements was one of my favorite books. It's about a spoiled rich kid name Mark Chelmsley whose parents have half a million dollars and end up moving from the only place he loved to a small town in New Hampshire. Mark decided that he was not going to pay any attention in class. But one day his science teacher Mr.Maxwell decide that he was go to try to get Mark some friends and to lighten up a little bit but it doesn't work so after class Mr.Maxwell calls Ma The book A WEEK IN THE WOODS by Andrew Clements was one of my favorite books. It's about a spoiled rich kid name Mark Chelmsley whose parents have half a million dollars and end up moving from the only place he loved to a small town in New Hampshire. Mark decided that he was not going to pay any attention in class. But one day his science teacher Mr.Maxwell decide that he was go to try to get Mark some friends and to lighten up a little bit but it doesn't work so after class Mr.Maxwell calls Mark up to his desk. He hands him the packet of a week in the woods program and Mark just grasp it out of his hands.
 About a week after that Mark learn how to snow shoe from his butler Leon and a week after that he slept out in his barn and that's what made him love to camping. Then a month after he slept in the barn alone after that he want to camp out in the woods but his nanny Anya said no unless Leon slept out there with him. When it came time for a week in the woods trip he was ready. On the first day of the trip he got caught with his friend Jason's pocket knife by Mr. Maxwell. Mr Maxwell said that Mark had to go home so why Mr Maxwell was talking to the park ranger Mark escape from the Mr. Maxwells truck and ran in the woods Mr.Maxwell soon found out about Marks escape and ran after him and the ending you will just have to found out for your own. There reason why you should read this book is because the book gives many a couple of life lessons. The first Lesson that you learn is never be selfish to anybody because they can be selfish back to you. The second lesson that you learn is never bring a knife to school or on a school related field trip. The third and final lesson you learn from reading the book is to open your mind to anything you want to do. Those are the main three reason I like the book the age that I recommend read from at least 8+.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Auralia

    Next to Frindle this one was one of my all time favorites. I was sucked into the story and loved the way that the kid was so enthused about survival skills that he actually researched the topic that interested him to the extent that he was able to not only save himself in the woods but his teacher as well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adam J.

    I am starting this book and I really like it so far. The author does a great job getting the characters very realistic. The book is about a boy who is moving to New Hamshpire from San Francisco. So far he is in his new house exploring.this book is very realistic and I love it so far. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  7. 4 out of 5

    elissa

    All 4 of us in my family read this out loud together, for Generations_Read_Together. All of the Clements titles that I've read are good, and have great kid appeal, but he's definitely not my favorite as an adult! All 4 of us in my family read this out loud together, for Generations_Read_Together. All of the Clements titles that I've read are good, and have great kid appeal, but he's definitely not my favorite as an adult!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    It was hard to get in to!! Endind was awesome!!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grant Holyoak

    Gripping Nature Lessons Accompanied by Weak Characters (and No Illustrations) I enjoyed reading this book as a kid, so I was pleased to see it included in an Andrew Clements "School Stories" box set that I bought my daughter for Christmas. We just finished reading it, and it was alright! Not nearly as good as Frindle or the Landry News, but still okay. BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The story follows Mark Chelmsley, the only son of two super-rich parents who relocate him to a public school in New Hampshire to fi Gripping Nature Lessons Accompanied by Weak Characters (and No Illustrations) I enjoyed reading this book as a kid, so I was pleased to see it included in an Andrew Clements "School Stories" box set that I bought my daughter for Christmas. We just finished reading it, and it was alright! Not nearly as good as Frindle or the Landry News, but still okay. BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The story follows Mark Chelmsley, the only son of two super-rich parents who relocate him to a public school in New Hampshire to finish off the school year. Whereas coaches, tutors, and clubs dominated Mark's time in his old hometown, New Hampshire's open schedule and landscape give Mark his first glimpse into the scope of nature and the value of his own time. He takes an interest in the outdoors and begins planning small camping trips on his family's large property. He also works to navigate a difficult relationship with his science teacher Mr. Maxwell after showing lackluster interest in the teacher's pet project: the fifth-grade expedition known as "A Week in the Woods." Mark and Mr. Maxwell's rocky relationship carries on straight through to the beginning of the week, when the two of them suddenly find themselves in a dangerous situation they must face together to survive. Upsides: -The outdoor lessons of the book are fun and engaging, especially for kids. I still remember the impressions made on my mind when I first read about Mark learning how to make a fire and use a compass. That part sticks with you! Downsides: -The book doesn't have any of the beautiful illustrations that adorn the inside of Frindle. This book could have had some cool ones! -The two main characters (Mark and Mr. Maxwell) can give the readers whiplash by the many 180-degree attitude/personality changes that they adopt as the story progresses. Mark starts out a slacker but then spontaneously decides to care about school. Mr. Maxwell starts out trying to engage Mark but then randomly decides to turn on him in a pretty brutal, cold way. Those are just a couple of the drastic shifts they embrace. The changes are a little tough to follow, let alone swallow.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This story details one young man's experiences when he moves to New Hampshire to go to a new school for a few months before he left to attend a boarding school. He came from a rich family, and did not even try to fit in right away, but as he discovered the wonders of being outside in nature, he decided to dive in. We have really enjoyed reading books by Mr. Clements and this story did not disappoint. I fondly remember my own class camping experience, and while it lacked the drama, it reminded me s This story details one young man's experiences when he moves to New Hampshire to go to a new school for a few months before he left to attend a boarding school. He came from a rich family, and did not even try to fit in right away, but as he discovered the wonders of being outside in nature, he decided to dive in. We have really enjoyed reading books by Mr. Clements and this story did not disappoint. I fondly remember my own class camping experience, and while it lacked the drama, it reminded me strongly of this story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Thea

    Read this to my babysitting kid :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Mom and dad's choice for Jacob to read for family summer reading program..krb 6/9/17 Needed to make some changes on our reading program. Putting this aside for a bit..krb 6/22/17 Jacob found the audio in the library and asked to listen to this instead of reading. Now that he is listening while putting legos together he is enjoying this book...krb 6/27/17 Mom and dad's choice for Jacob to read for family summer reading program..krb 6/9/17 Needed to make some changes on our reading program. Putting this aside for a bit..krb 6/22/17 Jacob found the audio in the library and asked to listen to this instead of reading. Now that he is listening while putting legos together he is enjoying this book...krb 6/27/17

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kallie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked thought the book a week in the woods by Andrew Clemens was a good book but it got a little boring. I would recommend this book to sixth grade or younger because the main character was in the fifth grade. But other than that I liked it. The character is a little cocky and full of himself but at the end he makes friends. I think this book was pretty good so I give it 4 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    We listened to this book on the way to and from a holiday camping trip. It was enjoyable, although, as my son pointed out, "The title isn't really right because he never spends a week in the woods during the book." As with most children's books, there's a lot to learn, though hopefully in a fun way. In this book, it's how to hike and camp and backpack. We also learn that adults can be fallible and make mistakes, and that kids can change their ways. Not the best Andrew Clements book that I've come i We listened to this book on the way to and from a holiday camping trip. It was enjoyable, although, as my son pointed out, "The title isn't really right because he never spends a week in the woods during the book." As with most children's books, there's a lot to learn, though hopefully in a fun way. In this book, it's how to hike and camp and backpack. We also learn that adults can be fallible and make mistakes, and that kids can change their ways. Not the best Andrew Clements book that I've come in contact with, but still okay.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Catherine1996

    The fifth-grade Week in the woods is a beloved of tradition of Hardy Elementary,where Mark Chelmsley is pretty much killing time before his parents send him off to an exclusive prep school.But then Mark realizes the Week might be a chance to prove to Mr.Maxwell that he's not just another of the slacker rich kids the teacher can't stand. But it may be too late change Mr.Maxwell's opinion of him.On the first day of the Week,the tension between teacher and student explodes,and in a reckless moment,M The fifth-grade Week in the woods is a beloved of tradition of Hardy Elementary,where Mark Chelmsley is pretty much killing time before his parents send him off to an exclusive prep school.But then Mark realizes the Week might be a chance to prove to Mr.Maxwell that he's not just another of the slacker rich kids the teacher can't stand. But it may be too late change Mr.Maxwell's opinion of him.On the first day of the Week,the tension between teacher and student explodes,and in a reckless moment,Mark puts not only himself,but also Mr.Maxwell,in grave danger.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    I absolutely love this book. It's one of my favorite books of all time. It's one of the books that made me really want to learn about nature and become more adventurous when I was older. I love that conservation is talked about and how a teacher learns from a student. I absolutely love this book. It's one of my favorite books of all time. It's one of the books that made me really want to learn about nature and become more adventurous when I was older. I love that conservation is talked about and how a teacher learns from a student.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Harper Fiske

    I really really love Andrew Clements. His books are so amazing and I can almost never find an author who writes mainly realistic fiction, my favorite genre. It was a pretty quick read, too. I read it in about a day, so it made a good action/adventure book in a time crunch.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Forsgren

    Good insights into what boys are thinking. Marvelous description of the setting and characters. A showdown between an 11-year-old and his teacher occurs at the start of an annual environmental program when they spend a week in a wooded state park.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    Great story about misjudging people.

  20. 4 out of 5

    June

    I read this to my 5th grader. It took him a little while to get into it. However, he really got into it in the end. It provoked discussion too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Amann

    If you have never got lost in a big place find out what it feels like to be lost for a whole week without a single person in the woods with you!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Marion

    Good book with a good storyline. Fun to listen to with a lot of interesting turns

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I really enjoyed this book, as I have previous Clements books. If you have an adventure reader this is a great quick read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jude Lipscomb

    i think that i could recomend this book for most people that like adventure out doors and in the woods.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erin Mullen

    It was a really good book! i had to read it over summer vacation.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hollowspine

    I enjoyed this book told between the perspectives of a new student at a school and one of his teachers. As readers we can see both sides of the story, but we also know that Mark and Mr. Maxwell only know what they can see about the other character. To Mark, Mr. Maxwell is just another teacher who will force him to do busy work, plus Mark knows he's going to a boarding school in only a few months anyway, so making friends with the rest of the students or the teachers, is a bit pointless. To Mr. Ma I enjoyed this book told between the perspectives of a new student at a school and one of his teachers. As readers we can see both sides of the story, but we also know that Mark and Mr. Maxwell only know what they can see about the other character. To Mark, Mr. Maxwell is just another teacher who will force him to do busy work, plus Mark knows he's going to a boarding school in only a few months anyway, so making friends with the rest of the students or the teachers, is a bit pointless. To Mr. Maxwell, Mark is yet another spoiled rich kid who doesn't think he needs to put in hard work to get ahead in the world and doesn't respect the world around him. The turning point comes when Mark starts spending more time in the outdoors and realizes that, not only does he enjoy it, he's pretty good at it! Suddenly he wants to go on the end of year school trip camping in the woods, but will he be able to convince Mr. Maxwell that he's turned over a new leaf? Will Mr. Maxwell be able to look beyond his bias against Mark's family's wealth and see Mark's enthusiasm and honest desire to befriend him. Both Mark and Mr. Maxwell make some judgements about each other that are false and over the course of the novel they both are forced to re-think some of the assumptions they make. I really enjoyed that Mr. Maxwell was portrayed as prone to making poor judgement calls as his students, but in the end he also apologized and took responsibility for his mistakes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Yu

    Spoiled kids can get on teachers' nerves. This is too true for Mr. Maxwell, the fifth grader science teacher at Hardy Elementary School. He has never had a discipline problem in his class. Yet when Mark Chemsley, son of a multi-millionaire, come into class, he just sat and stared out the window. As a result, Mr. Maxwell decided to be harsh on him for the entire school year. His anger only intensifies when Mark arrived at a school camping trip with a frame pack, and other expensive items. But whe Spoiled kids can get on teachers' nerves. This is too true for Mr. Maxwell, the fifth grader science teacher at Hardy Elementary School. He has never had a discipline problem in his class. Yet when Mark Chemsley, son of a multi-millionaire, come into class, he just sat and stared out the window. As a result, Mr. Maxwell decided to be harsh on him for the entire school year. His anger only intensifies when Mark arrived at a school camping trip with a frame pack, and other expensive items. But when Mr. Maxwell discovers Mark's friend Jason Frazier's knife, things completely change. Mr. Maxwell discovers that the knife was Jason Frazier's knife, but Mark ran away into the mountains. While tracking Mark, Mr. Maxwell thinks about how badly he has treated Mark. Simultaneously, Mark also thinks about Mr. Maxwell. When the two finally meet up, They forgive each other, and no blame is place on Mark. As a result, Mark has a great time at his camping trip, and Mr. Maxwell is his new favorite teacher. -∫ÅlÂMI∫ı

  28. 4 out of 5

    Watch Books

    I'm making a executive decision and not finishing this book. I pushed through so much of this book, knowing that eventually it would have to get a little better. But it hasn't and I'm nearly at the end, but I don't even care. Its dry, boring, and oh-so-dry. Not a single keeper character, not a glint of anything interesting to hope or hold onto. Like, what is the point? There were many stopping points for me (see: dryness) but the biggest was when the forty something teacher behaved like a two year I'm making a executive decision and not finishing this book. I pushed through so much of this book, knowing that eventually it would have to get a little better. But it hasn't and I'm nearly at the end, but I don't even care. Its dry, boring, and oh-so-dry. Not a single keeper character, not a glint of anything interesting to hope or hold onto. Like, what is the point? There were many stopping points for me (see: dryness) but the biggest was when the forty something teacher behaved like a two year onld and got in his feeling because the new kid was rich. And so of course that meant the kid just was so so bad. So after the boy boy outsmarts him and throws off his little class performance by being(surprise!) above average in the education department because his parents sends him to private schools and gets him tutors......The teacher decides his adult man feeling got hurt and so the boy is now on his permanent enemies list. No lie. The boy eventually has a change of heart some days later.So when the boy tries to raise his hands to answer a question the teache rask, (mind you the boys hand is IMPOSSIBLE to miss because no one else's hands are raised and just a few weeks ago the teacher couldn't stop staring at him and having internal monologue) he pretends not to see it. For real. Wouldn't recommend. Had such high hopes after the fine art that was 'Frindle'. -Zoe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Rowsey

    This book starts off by introducing Mark Chelmsley as he prepares to move to a new town and start a new school, something that he is very used to having to do in his life due to his parent's jobs. The story describes Mark's initial attitude about starting this new school and not making any effort because he knows he will just move again. His teacher, Mr. Maxwell decides that Mark is a rich kid who is used to having things go his way. When the annual fifth grade Week at the Woods happens, Mark an This book starts off by introducing Mark Chelmsley as he prepares to move to a new town and start a new school, something that he is very used to having to do in his life due to his parent's jobs. The story describes Mark's initial attitude about starting this new school and not making any effort because he knows he will just move again. His teacher, Mr. Maxwell decides that Mark is a rich kid who is used to having things go his way. When the annual fifth grade Week at the Woods happens, Mark and Mr. Maxwell end up discovering more about each other, including their love of camping. This book was hard for me to get into at first. But as Mark began preparing for his camping week, I enjoyed reading about how excited he was getting about something. It ends up being a wonderful story about not passing judgment onto someone until you know their full story. I enjoyed reading a book with male characters and loved the teacher and student bond over something outside of school.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Henry Cordova

    This book reminded me when I was in 5th grade and went camping with my friends. I kinda like Mr. Maxwell when he is doing experiments with his class. Like on how the Hindenburg blew up. The park Ranger also was a good character in this book. He really know on how the park works. I gotta say, There is always a good ending when Mr. Maxwell found Mark out in the wood and he helped him get warm and everything. I really felt quite impressed when that happened. As soon Mark returned home, Mr. Maxwell This book reminded me when I was in 5th grade and went camping with my friends. I kinda like Mr. Maxwell when he is doing experiments with his class. Like on how the Hindenburg blew up. The park Ranger also was a good character in this book. He really know on how the park works. I gotta say, There is always a good ending when Mr. Maxwell found Mark out in the wood and he helped him get warm and everything. I really felt quite impressed when that happened. As soon Mark returned home, Mr. Maxwell gave him multitools so he can be more prepare. And he talk to his family on how he wanted to stay at Whitson next year. I gotta say, he really felt like home after being alone in the wood with his belongings and everything.

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