Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Author(s): Gary D. Schmidt

Middle Fiction 8-12-year-olds | Staff Picks

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.


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.


 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. 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.


Sparkling with humor, this insightful and compassionate story will resonate with readers who have confronted secrets of their own.

Staff Review:


When an English butler turns up on Carter Jones doorstep his world gets turned upside down. Manners, correct grammer, schedules as well as a foreign game called Cricket takes over Carters life. Even though Carter may think the butler is a 'pain in the glutes' he may be exactly what the doctor ordered. This book deals with anger, sorrow and grief in a humerous and highly emotive way. 


A beautiful read ... perfect for ages 11 onwards


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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781783448050
  • : Andersen Press
  • : Andersen Press
  • : May 2019
  • : ---length:- '19.8'width:- '12.9'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 813.6
  • : English
  • : Paperback
  • : Gary D. Schmidt