Beloved children’s author Andrew Clements passed away on Friday, November 29 at the age of 70. The award-winning author of over 80 published books, he is best known for his debut novel Frindle, a middle grade novel about a boy who causes a sensation when he invents a new name for the common pen. With illustrations by Brian Selznick, Frindle was published by Aladdin in 1996 and quickly became a New York Times best-seller. Clements’ popular titles also include Things Not Seen, The Friendship War, No Talking, The Report Card, and the Jake Drake series.
Andrew Clements will be remembered for his books full of humor, empathy, and sharp observations about school life.
On his website, Clements summed up his philosophy on writing and life in poignant style:
“Sometimes kids ask how I’ve been able to write so many books. The answer is simple: one word at a time. Which is a good lesson, I think. You don’t have to do everything at once. You don’t have to know how every story is going to end. You just have to take that next step, look for that next idea, write that next word. And growing up, it’s the same way. We just have to go to that next class, read that next chapter, help that next person. You simply have to do that next good thing, and before you know it, you’re living a good life.”