Nora tells her parents that she does not wish to go into the advanced classes; she likes being â€›normal.’ She sees Stephen and goes over to him and thanks him for still being her friend and treating her like a normal person even though he now knows she is a genius.
Nora Rose Rowley is a genius, but don't tell anyone. I’ve been discovering facts about myself for a long time.
She noticed that one kid, Stephen, worked exceptionally hard at everything and never complained, and she became his best friend because she liked that so much.
In fourth grade, the students must begin taking a standardized test called Connecticut Mastery Testing.
However, she has been worried about being bullied and singled-out because of her intellect and has been moderating her grades her whole life to mask her intelligence.
Recently she noticed that Stephen’s self-esteem suffers because of his grades and because of a low standardized test score he recently received, and so she has decided to get failing grades in everything in order to demonstrate the problems with the school’s grading system.
This instead brought a lot of attention and worry, and Nora realized that being different in any way brought trouble.
So she began observing the kids around her and mimicking them.
This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of is a children’s novel by Andrew Clements, published in 2004.
Clements explores the modern education system’s focus on grades and standardized test scores through the lens of a young girl whose genius-level intelligence is belied by the poor grades she purposefully achieves in an effort to force her school and her family to reconsider how they judge intelligence.