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It isn't that Abby Carson can't do her schoolwork, it's just that she doesn't like doing it. And that means she's pretty much failing sixth grade. When a warning letter is sent home, Abby realizes that all her slacking off could cause her to be held back -- for real! Unless she wants to repeat the sixth grade, she'll have to meet some specific conditions, including taking on an extra-credit project: find a pen pal in a foreign country. Simple enough (even for a girl who hates homework).

Abby's first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, and Sadeed Bayat is chosen to be her pen pal.... Well, kind of. He is the best writer, but he is also a boy, and in his village it is not appropriate for a boy to correspond with a girl. So his younger sister dictates and signs the letter. Until Sadeed decides what his sister is telling Abby isn't what he'd like Abby to know.

As letters flow back and forth between Illinois and Afghanistan, Abby and Sadeed discover that their letters are crossing more than an ocean. They are crossing a huge cultural divide and a minefield of different lifestyles and traditions. Their growing friendship is also becoming a growing problem for both communities, and some people are not happy. Suddenly things are not so simple.

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Used availability for Andrew Clements's Extra Credit

Hardback Editions

February 2011 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Extra Credit (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Andrew Clements
ISBN: 0-606-22392-4 / 978-0-606-22392-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Extra Credit
Author(s): Andrew Clements
ISBN: 0-545-23660-6 / 978-0-545-23660-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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June 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Extra Credit (Junior Library Guild Selection)
Author(s): Andrew Clements
ISBN: 1-4169-4929-1 / 978-1-4169-4929-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Extra Credit
Author(s): Andrew Clements
ISBN: 1-4169-4931-3 / 978-1-4169-4931-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Audio Editions

June 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Extra Credit
Author(s): Andrew Clements
ISBN: 0-7435-8204-7 / 978-0-7435-8204-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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June 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Extra Credit
Author(s): Andrew Clements
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Extra Credit
Author(s): Andrew Clements
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Extra Credit
Author(s): Andrew Clements
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon UK