Like in his other books, the protagonist is funny and honest as he works through a betrayal and heartbreak. Get this from a library! He just knows how to write them. 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. The butler that shows up unexpectedly on the doorstep is perfection. 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. I think he balanced tone, character, plot, and more beautifully. Pay Attention, Carter Jones Gary D. Schmidt. 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. Carter Jones and his family are going through a rough patch. Wondering if Pay Attention, Carter Jones is OK for your kids? Browse titles with similar subject matter. Okay for Now (Book) : Schmidt, Gary D. : 850As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Sent to the Jones family by his late grandfather, Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick reforms the household with his wit, precision, and commitment to decorum. The story with the father cuts deep. Carter answers the doorbell on his first day of middle school to find "The Butler": a very British, traditional fellow in a "funeral suit" who's been left to the family by Carter's late, unknown grandfather. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Hmm not sure they really eat pizza in Italy, I don't think it classifies as 'Italian food,' Mr Butler. It's a book with a wacky twist that, like Schmidt's other books, don't feel too far a stretch to make. 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 … Highly recommended. Great Books to Give the Kids This Holiday. But I think that has to start from the writing. 1 minute review of the children's book Pay Attention Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt. One "crap," and frequent statements that someone is a "pain in the glutes." As he learns and grows through each new disrupti. Supporting characters emerge as teammates, storytellers, and friends in time of need. There aren't any reviews yet. This is one of my new favorite books. The premise of this story is dead on wonderful. 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. 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. Welcome back. Have you ever seen this happen in real life? 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. 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. 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. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Published by Clarion Books. A purple Bentley plays a role in the plot. 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. 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. 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. 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. Searching for streaming and purchasing options ... Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Some characters are also dealing with being deserted by their parents, sometimes for new romantic partners and their kids. He is very British and old-fashioned, and he immediately starts mending this broken family. This book is sneaky good. He is a Professor of English at Calvin College. Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. 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. I LOVED the dry British humo. 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. Summary: Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep. 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. Definitely not as good as Okay For Now but I still enjoyed it. ", 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. 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. Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt, 217 pages.Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2019. Those poor daylilies, for instance. 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. Be the first to review this title. 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. 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. See our. Your privacy is important to us. Refresh and try again. Fun graphic novel about Ren Faire girl has great messages. He announces he is here to stay 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. If you chose to provide an email address, it will only be used to contact you about your comment. Gary D. Schmidt delivers a poignant, funny, relatable tale of a middle schooler, his falling-apart family, and the old-school butler who unexpectedly comes to the rescue in a purple Bentley. The butler that shows up unexpectedly on the doorstep is perfection. Pay Attention, Carter Jones. Brief Summary of Book: Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt. Narrator: Gebauer, Christopher. 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. Ned the dachshund barfs, pees, and poops a lot. 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. 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. As PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES begins, the title character's family is falling apart in the wake of his brother's death and his father's military deployment. Interview with Gary D. Schmidt. But this book does a number of astonishing things: Reread (actually re-listen) with my 13 year old. How did you cope? Schmidt is so masterful at the art of writing --- so many wonderful sentences and pages and paragraphs. ARTICLES. Names: Schmidt, Gary D. Book Number: DB094145: Title Status: Active: Medium: Digital Book: Download Link: Downloadable talking book. Parents need to know that Pay Attention, Carter Jones is Newbery Honor author Gary D. Schmidt's variation on the ever-popular theme of the unlikely outsider who arrives in the midst of some crisis, thinks outside the box, imparts life lessons in creative ways, and generally puts all to rights. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Gr 4-8-Young Carter Jones opens the front door one morning to find an English butler on his doorstep. Inside you find both humor and heart, and maybe too much cricket. 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. And it … I have so many thoughts on this book! How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives, Get fun, free Holiday Gratitude activities from Wide Open School, Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance, Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning, Books to Help Your Kid Survive Middle School. Check out this great listen on Audible.ca. 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. It's a book with a wacky twist that, like Schmidt's other books, don't feel too far a stretch to make. And even when it does feel a stretch, you don't mind much. Story assumes reader has a good vocabulary and can handle phrases like "wonderfully evocative connotations," which becomes a recurring motif. Clarion. This book is sneaky good. 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). 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. Pub: February 5, 2019. 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 … I just love everything he writes. Also, how fun for American kids to imagine an English butler coming. Read it in a sitting or two and get another heartfelt, heartwarming, heartbreaking story of a young boy dealing with challenges beyond his age. PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES. 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. Richie’s Picks: PAY ATTENTION CARTER JONES by Gary D. Schmidt, Clarion, February 2018, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-544-79085-8, 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. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. I think he balanced tone, character, plot, and more beautifully. I picked up this book for no other reason that it was written by Gary D. Schmidt, and. It doesn't exactly form a trilogy with two earlier Gary D. Schmidt novels—. I'm a huge Gary D. Schmidt fan, so I was very excited to read his latest book, and it did not disappoint me! 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. "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. Schmidt is so masterful at the art of writing --- so many wonderful sentences and pages and paragraphs. Created by Cotsen Children's Library Listen to the Audio Share. Occasionally both authors, in their less successful moments, get it backward and start with forced absurdity rather than trust in their. He’s also the man of the house, because his father is in the military, stationed in Germany after serving in Afghanistan. Haha I can't even get my terminology straight XD. I LOVED the dry British humor and how he teaches Carter to be a gentleman. Pay Attention, Carter Jones is yet another perfect middle grade masterpiece from Gary D. Schmidt. 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. 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. The star rating reflects overall quality. If you've ever watched a match, how do you think it compares with other sports you like? This one has a similar feel and the only downside for me was all the descriptions of how cricket is played. This book is definitely on par with The Wednesday Wars and Okay For Now. This review is totally off the rails and I apologize for that. 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. Every time I read Gary Schmidt I am amazed at how well he really "gets" teenage boys. We won't share this comment without your permission. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. This is the third Gary Schmidt book that I have loved, along with Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now. Yes, the principal is a Lilian Swieteck. 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. Read it in a sitting or two and get another heartfelt, heartwarming, heartbreaking story of a young boy dealing with challenges beyond his age. “Make good decisions and remember who you are." Common Sense and other associated names and logos are trademarks of Common Sense Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (FEIN: 41-2024986). $17. It is best just as it is! More By and About This Author. by Clarion Books. 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. Kid sleuths investigate zany time-travel mystery. Interview with Gary D. Schmidt. The story really grabbed me (even though I don’t like books involving sports) and I was emotionally invested by the end. 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. Butler with cricket bat rescues family in sweet, funny tale. But I think that has to start from the writing. It's no Wednesday Wars or Okay for Now, but it's still DARN good. Also, the sport of cricket. 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. We're updating our reviews to better highlight authentic stories and accurate, diverse representations. See something that needs to be addressed? 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. Pay attention, Carter Jones. 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 didn’t love The Wednesday Wars by the same author (although it is much more popular!) Gary D. Schmidt is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books. The fine points of cricket; info about ballet, art exhibitions, the works of E. Nesbit; other culturally improving pursuits. 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. 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