A reading & activity guide forTroublemaker
by Andrew ClementsABOUT THE BOOK
Clayton Hensley has been getting into trouble since he started elementary school. From running in the halls to drawing an unflattering cartoon of the principal, he’s always been pretty proud of his pranks. Then his big brother, Mitch, returns home from a stint in jail with a new attitude and wants Clay to change his ways too. But Clay’s rambunctious friends don’t understand. Resisting the urge to act up when somebody bugs him is not as easy as he thought it would be. And a few weeks of good behavior may not be enough for the people Clay tricked and ridiculed to stop thinking of him as a troublemaker. Clements tells a thought-provoking and important story about rules, reputations, and the possibility to change course for the better.DISCUSSION TOPICS
1. List at least three things you think you know about Clay after reading only the first page of Troublemaker
. What is your opinion of Clay at the end of Chapter 1?
2. Who is Mrs. Ormin? How does she help readers understand Clay’s story? How does Clay feel about Mr. Dash, Mr. Kelling, and Mrs. Ormin? Is he angry at them? Why do you think Clay behaves the way he does in the early chapters of the book?
3. What do you think Clay expected would happen after Mr. Dash and his classmates see the donkey picture? What events resulting fro