Pay Attention, Carter Jones. We're updating our reviews to better highlight authentic stories and accurate, diverse representations. It's a book with a wacky twist that, like Schmidt's other books, don't feel too far a stretch to make. This book is nothing like but very reminiscent of, Another great book from Gary Schmidt. See something that needs to be addressed? I LOVED the dry British humor and how he teaches Carter to be a gentleman. Ned the dachshund barfs, pees, and poops a lot. The cricket (which I knew absolutely nothing about but for sure googled) games and analogies just rounded it out for me. Those poor daylilies, for instance. Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. It's no Wednesday Wars or Okay for Now, but it's still DARN good. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Another great book from Gary Schmidt. "Make good decisions and remember who loves you.”, “The living of your life is hard work, young Master Carter... You may act the gentleman or the barbarian. But this book does a number of astonishing things: Reread (actually re-listen) with my 13 year old. Carter Jones and his family are going through a rough patch. With Schmidt’s characteristic humor and realistically flawed characters who are tested by heavy, life-changing realities, Pay Attention, Carter Jones is simultaneously hilarious and heart-wrenching. If you've ever watched a match, how do you think it compares with other sports you like? Carter, who's struggling with  death of a sibling and absence of his deployed dad, is often relatably confused and overwhelmed but thrives and excels under the butler's guidance. Be the first to review this title. This made me think of Louisiana’s Way Home, and not just because of kids driving cars and having to find forgiveness or at least understanding for a parental figure. Start by marking “Pay Attention, Carter Jones” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The premise of this story is dead on wonderful. Sent to the Jones family by his late grandfather, Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick reforms the household with his wit, precision, and commitment to decorum. Narrator: Gebauer, Christopher. Yes, the principal is a Lilian Swieteck. In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler's notions of decorum. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Also, how fun for American kids to imagine an English butler coming. Story assumes reader has a good vocabulary and can handle phrases like "wonderfully evocative connotations," which becomes a recurring motif. This made me think of Louisiana’s Way Home, and not just because of kids driving cars and having to find forgiveness or at least understanding for a parental figure. I didn’t love The Wednesday Wars by the same author (although it is much more popular!) Teen and tween characters are dealing with the fact that one kid's mother and another's father have run off with new romantic partners and deserted their families. I'll check the summary of Pay Attention, Carter Jones on Goodreads and Amazon. Soon, the butler not only has the kids off to school in good order and their mom slightly less overwhelmed, but also turns out to be a maniacal fan of the sport of cricket and draws half the middle school into the game. Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. If you chose to provide an email address, it will only be used to contact you about your comment. by Gary D. Schmidt ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 19, 2019. Yet, despite how much I enjoyed the novel, there was too much of a feel that this all happened in a bubble that had no specific time or place, like a Disney Channel TV movie of the 90’s. Names: Schmidt, Gary D. Book Number: DB094145: Title Status: Active: Medium: Digital Book: Download Link: Downloadable talking book. Summary : Bestselling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler. Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Book) : Schmidt, Gary D. : Sixth-grader Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman, and also to deal with burdens from the past. In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler's notions of decorum. I read this quickly a few months ago as an egalley and was not enthused, but just read it again because of all the starred reviews and have changed my opinion completely. Wondering if Pay Attention, Carter Jones is OK for your kids? Definitely not as good as Okay For Now but I still enjoyed it. But the cricket parts of the book dominated too much and were too confusing to follow for a non-cricket player/fan, even with all of the explanations given. Ignore the cover, make good decisions and read this one. A great little late Summer read. In this case, it's an honest-to-goodness old-school English butler who, along with a purple Bentley, lands on the title character's doorstep just as Carter's … Carter just starting middle school and dealing with everything that goes with that but also has a Dad that's deployed and a family grieving the loss of his brother. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. Too much sportsball for my liking, but I can appreciate that others would appreciate the amount of sportsball included, and that it is a unique (at least for US readers) sportsball to include in a middle grade novel. Highly recommend these three of his books! 3.5 stars, and it kills me to give a Gary D. Schmidt book this rating because there was such a fantastic story interwoven between all of the cricket stuff. I LOVED the dry British humo. Occasionally both authors, in their less successful moments, get it backward and start with forced absurdity rather than trust in their supernal writing to effect this transformation. Clarion. Common Sense and other associated names and logos are trademarks of Common Sense Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (FEIN: 41-2024986). Pre-Order. “Make good decisions and remember who you are." Refresh and try again. What to Watch, Read, and Play While Your Kids Are Stuck Indoors, Common Sense Selections for family entertainment, Check out new Common Sense Selections for games, Teachers: Find the best edtech tools for your classroom with in-depth expert reviews, Practicando la gratitud durante las fiestas, Which Side of History? It’s because Schmidt, like DiCamillo, can write with such intensity that things are allowed to be unbelievable and funny and absurd in a sublime way. © Common Sense Media. He lives on a farm in Alto, Michigan,with his wife and six children, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, feeds the wild cats that drop by and wishes that sometimes the sea breeze came that far inland. We’d love your help. Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick arrives in a purple Bentley at their New York state home during a downpour on the morning of Carter’s first day of sixth grade. Some emotional violence, as in a flashback where Carter and his dad are on a camping trip, Carter struggles in bad conditions to make a campfire, and his military father smashes it to make one that's "better.". Pay attention, Carter Jones: Names: Schmidt, Gary D. Book Number: DB094145: Title Status: Active: Medium: Digital Books: Download Link: Downloadable talking book. Why is this a favorite storytelling theme? Pay Attention, Carter Jones Synopsis Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep. Lots about the differences between British, Indian, and American culture, including British perspective on Declaration of Independence, as example of not just going along with what everybody thinks. Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Book) : Schmidt, Gary D. : Sixth-grader Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman, and also to deal with burdens from the past. At one point he changes it to "Make good decisions and remember who loves you," and, when challenged, says it's the very same thing. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. Free shipping for many products! Published by Clarion Books. Gary D. Schmidt is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books. Pay Attention, Carter Jones Gary D. Schmidt. Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep - one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. Read it in a sitting or two and get another heartfelt, heartwarming, heartbreaking story of a young boy dealing with challenges beyond his age. Great Books to Give the Kids This Holiday. Haha I can't even get my terminology straight XD. This book did some things well I suppose - but between the butler, who acted like an obnoxiously snooty version of Mary Poppins, and the unnecessarily long descriptions of cricket, this book was...not my favorite. I picked up this book for no other reason that it was written by Gary D. Schmidt, and. He is very British and old-fashioned, and he immediately starts mending this broken family. [Gary D Schmidt; Christopher Gebauer; Recorded Books, Inc.] -- Sixth-grader Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman, and also to deal with burdens from the past. Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale. I have suggested to three of my kids that they make time for this book in their summer reading. I loved the way Schmidt doesn't hit you over the head with messages but with humor and understanding guides you right along on the journey with Carter. Pay Attention, Carter Jones. The story really grabbed me (even though I don’t like books involving sports) and I was emotionally invested by the end. Fun graphic novel about Ren Faire girl has great messages. Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. Interview with Gary D. Schmidt about Pay Attention, Carter Jones. You can read this before Pay Attention, Carter Jones PDF EPUB full Download at the bottom. item 1 Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Schmidt, Gary D. Book The Fast Free Shipping - Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Schmidt, Gary D. Book The Fast Free Shipping $10.24 Free shipping Wonderful, contemporary, gender-flipped Mary Poppins, where cricket takes the place of magic. Clarion, $16.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-544-79085-8. I was on the Newbery Committee that gave an honor to The Wednesday Wars and think this is in the same universe as far as the balance of outlandishness (cricket in this case), humor, and deep darkness. I'm a huge Gary D. Schmidt fan, so I was very excited to read his latest book, and it did not disappoint me! Our ratings are based on child development best practices. Those poor daylilies, for instance. Welcome back. I can't say that I understand cricket any better though lol. Pay attention, Carter Jones. The butler sends the kids off to school every day with "Make good decisions and remember who you are." Kid sleuths investigate zany time-travel mystery. I think he balanced tone, character, plot, and more beautifully. I just love everything he writes. He announces he is here to stay to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. This is a brand new one from him and I finished it in two days, and as with all of Schmidt’s books I loved the memorable characters and poignant moments throughout. The story really grabbed me (even though I don’t like books involving sports) and I was emotionally invested by the end. Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Book) : Schmidt, Gary D. : Sixth-grader Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman, and also to deal with burdens from the past. Check out this great listen on Audible.ca. This review is totally off the rails and I apologize for that. This is the third Gary Schmidt book that I have loved, along with Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now. Schmidt is so masterful at the art of writing --- so many wonderful sentences and pages and paragraphs. Created by LiterariTea And even when it does feel a stretch, you don't mind much. Occasionally both authors, in their less successful moments, get it backward and start with forced absurdity rather than trust in their. Ok, 5 stars I usually reserve for books that are exceptionally provocative or life-changing in some way. "'Young Master Carter, when you walk Ned for your mother, when you attend Miss Anne's robotics competition without observing that such attendance is, if you'll pardon the expression, "a pain in the glutes"; when you cheer at Miss Charlotte's football match even though she barely had a touch; when you accompany your sister to a Turner art exhibition; when you take your young sisters to buy Dreamsicles; when you appear as exhibit A for Miss Emily's Favorite Person of the Week event; when you attend two ballet exhibitions despite your unfortunate and undiscerning distaste for the art; you are telling them that it ["Remember who you are" and "Remember who loves you"] is exactly the same thing,', "'Is that what being a gentleman is supposed to be? Gr 4-8-Young Carter Jones opens the front door one morning to find an English butler on his doorstep. The star rating reflects overall quality. We won't share this comment without your permission. Your privacy is important to us. He’s also the man of the house, because his father is in the military, stationed in Germany after serving in Afghanistan. As a teacher, she made... Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep—one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. Sent to the Jones family by his late grandfather, Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick reforms the household with his wit, precision, and commitment to decorum. There aren't any reviews yet. If you're looking for a book about the sport of cricket, you'll enjoy this latest book by the talented, Every time I read Gary Schmidt I am amazed at how well he really "gets" teenage boys. He just knows how to write them. Join now. Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep—one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. This reminded me of Sharon Creech’s Love that Dog in the way Carter deals with his problems and a cross of the two films Mrs. Doubtfire and The Kingsman in the caretaker entering a family’s life trying to make a gentleman out of someone. Searching for streaming and purchasing options ... Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Supporting characters emerge as teammates, storytellers, and friends in time of need. Pay Attention, Carter Jones (eBook) : Schmidt, Gary D. : Sixth-grader Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman, and also to deal with burdens from the past. Families can talk about stories where unlikely characters swoop in to rescue forlorn kids and get them on a good path, like Pay Attention, Carter Jones. Not only does the butler excel at imparting gentlemanly values of order, decorum, and responsibility, he's also an insane cricket fan whose passion for the game builds community and camaraderie in the whole town. He is a Professor of English at Calvin College. Suggest an update to this review. Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Book) : Schmidt, Gary D. : Sixth-grader Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman, and also to deal with burdens from the past. But I think that has to start from the writing. You think you’re in for a lighter read, but nope, while it is less wordy than Wednesday Wars or Okay For Now, this one also contains big life issues. Like in his other books, the protagonist is funny and honest as he works through a betrayal and heartbreak. Brief Summary of Book: Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt. Get this from a library! Created by BN Kids Blog View on BN Kids Blog Share. I loved the way Schmidt doesn't hit you over the head with messages but with humor and understanding guides you right along on the journey with Carter. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt, 217 pages.Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2019. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared. But Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick, a “gentleman’s gentleman” has come to look after the Jones family. This book is sneaky good. Highly recommended. It is best just as it is! Young characters have to cope with family tragedy, middle school, sibling squabbles, and adults who let them down, but they also have a steadfast, resourceful guide in the butler. Butler with cricket bat rescues family in sweet, funny tale. Best-selling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler. February 2019 This book is definitely on par with The Wednesday Wars and Okay For Now. Read it in a sitting or two and get another heartfelt, heartwarming, heartbreaking story of a young boy dealing with challenges beyond his age. Yet, despite how much I enjoyed the novel, there was too much of a feel that this all happened in a bubble that had no specific time or place. Also, the sport of cricket. But true to himself, Gary D. Schmidt weaves love, humor, and redemption throughout, and the fact that it’s all wrapped up in one giant cricket (the game, not the insect) metaphor makes it even more lovable. Summary: When the doorbell rings on the first day of school, the last person Carter Jones expects to see is a butler wearing a suit and a bowler hat. Gary Schmidt has written one of my absolute favourites, The Wednesday Wars, and one of my biggest disappointments, Okay for Now (surprise fatal disease plotline). Bestselling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler. Who was involved, and how did that person make things better? It's a book with a wacky twist that, like Schmidt's other books, don't feel too far a stretch to make. My affection runs deep. Annotation: Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman and deal with burdens from the past. The butler provides a lot of stability and guidance while opening up entire new worlds -- through the sport of cricket, which soon transforms lives throughout the community. Gary Schmidt. I have so many thoughts on this book! And a dachshund prone to vomiting. The fine points of cricket; info about ballet, art exhibitions, the works of E. Nesbit; other culturally improving pursuits. Here is a quick description and cover image of book Pay Attention, Carter Jones written by Gary D. Schmidt which was published in 2019-2-5. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Also wondering if the dad, Jack(son), is Jack from Orbiting Jupiter? Summary; Bestselling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler. Like in his other books, the protagonist is funny and honest as he works through a betrayal and heartbreak. Avoid spoilers and summaries. but I really enjoyed this sweet, sometimes funny, heartwarming coming-of-age book. PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES. And even when it does feel a stretch, you don't mind much. Sweet and feel-good modern Mary Poppins-esque tale but with a British butler and four kids dealing with grief over the death of their brother and the absence of their dad who is off on military deployment. Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Book) : Schmidt, Gary D. : Sixth-grader Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman, and also to deal with burdens from the past. Interview with Gary D. Schmidt. Pay Attention, Carter Jones. Lots of relatable inner turmoil and character development, as well as moments of triumph and pure fun. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. I think he balanced tone, character, plot, and more beautifully. My thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group/Clarion Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. ", See 1 question about Pay Attention, Carter Jones…, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In this case, it's an honest-to-goodness old-school English butler who, along with a purple Bentley, lands on the title character's doorstep just as Carter's off to his first day of middle school. Still worth a read though. A purple Bentley plays a role in the plot. ARTICLES. Also strong messages of empathy, responsibility, teamwork, thinking for yourself and finding the facts rather than following the crowd, working hard to learn new things. My only gripe is that the audiobook narrator botched the pronunciation of Swieteck, which would make it difficult for listeners to pick up on the Easter eggs that Mr. Schmidt so lovingly dropped for his devoted readers (er, listeners). This one has a similar feel and the only downside for me was all the descriptions of how cricket is played. Every time I read Gary Schmidt I am amazed at how well he really "gets" teenage boys. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt (2019, Hardcover) at the best online prices at eBay! Have you ever had to deal with one of your parents being away for a long time? Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep - one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. Carter’s the eldest child with three younger sisters. But true to himself, Gary D. Schmidt weaves love, humor, and redemption throughout, and the fact that it’s all wrapped up in one giant cricket (the game, not the insect) metaphor makes it even more lovable. We find out that Carter’s brother has passed away, and his father is stationed far away, incommunicado. The simplistic, cartoon cover's all wrong and far too young for this moving, thoughtful (and very funny) story. 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