Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

Pay Attention, Carter Jones

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 i...

Details Pay Attention, Carter Jones

TitlePay Attention, Carter Jones
Release DateFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherClarion Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Sports and Games, Sports, Fiction, Family, Juvenile

Reviews Pay Attention, Carter Jones

  • Janssen
    It's no Wednesday Wars or Okay for Now, but it's still DARN good. I just love everything he writes.
  • Wendi Lee
    Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick is a butler Carter’s family has inherited from his grandfather. He is very British and old-fashioned, and he immediately starts mending this broken family. We find out that Carter’s brother has passed away, and his father is stationed far away, incommunicado. There are some fantastical elements to this middle grade novel: Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick is kind of a reimagined Mary Poppins, and some of the choices he makes are u...
  • Christy
    This is the third Gary Schmidt book that I have loved, along with Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now. This one has a similar feel and the only downside for me was all the descriptions of how cricket is played. Highly recommend these three of his books!
  • Leonard Kim
    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. It’s because Schmidt, like DiCamillo, can write with such intensity that things are allowed to be unbelievable and funny and absurd in a sublime way. But I think that has to start from the writing. Occasionally both authors, in their less successful moments, get it backward and s...
  • Kari
    I have so many thoughts on this book! This review is totally off the rails and I apologize for that. I think The Wednesday Wars is one of the greatest books of all time but sometimes I read Schmidt’s books and I’m like, “Who let you do this????” (Don’t get me started on Okay for Now, a children’s book about birding that I have never gotten a kid to read.)This book’s version is: Who let him write an American children’s book about c...
  • Richie Partington
    Richie’s Picks: PAY ATTENTION CARTER JONES by Gary D. Schmidt, Clarion, February 2018, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-544-79085-8“Look when the rain has fallen from the skyI know the sun will be only missing for a whileI says, common people like you and meWe’ll be builders for eternityEach is given a bag of toolsA shapeless mass, and the book of rules”-- The Heptones (1973)“Late that afternoon, it started to rain. I mean, really rain. Like an Austr...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusCarter lives with his three younger sisters and harried mother while his father is in the military in Germany. When Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick, a trained butler, shows up on a raining morning when the family is out of milk and the dog is throwing up on people's socks and announces that the family's deceased grandfather left funding for him to continue employment helping out while the father is away, the mother takes ad...
  • Jen
    My thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group/Clarion Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.I am personally very disappointed in this book because I read Orbiting Jupiter by the same author of this book and LOVED it. Like I cried, practically push it onto all of my customers and friends and family, etc. So when I saw this book available on NetGalley to request, I was ALL over it. And then when I was a...
  • Misty Wilson read.fine.print
    Gary Schmidt is one of my very favorite authors. 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.•In the absence of his father, Carter Jones is taken care of by a Butler. The Butler teaches him how to be a gentleman, how to play Cricket, and most importantly how to love people. The characters are all so relatable and sweet, but ...
  • DaNae
    The premise of this story is dead on wonderful. Inside you find both humor and heart, and maybe too much cricket. I've heard Schmidt speak a couple of times. Both times he has expressed the certainty that his calling to write books that speak to the best of humanity. And here we are, with Mr. Bowels-Fitzpatrick. A man of fervent conviction that asks you to, "Make good decisions, and remember who you are." If I would sum up Schmidt's writings in o...
  • Heather Moore
    This story is on the lighter side of Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now, and was a perfect audiobook to listen with my 11 year old. My only beef with the whole book was that the audiobook narrator pronounced Swieteck differently from past narrators — which, at least a little bit, blows the illusion of seamless storytelling. We did love the references to our old friends in Marysville, NY and even though we wished we could hear more from them, it wa...
  • Mary Lee
    2019 Summer Book a Day #4This was a book I did not expect to love or even like, but it snagged me and didn't let go until I finished it. The Butler and his truths, the extended cricket metaphor, the way Carter grows into his true self (with the guidance of The Butler), the amazing craft of the writing (it's Gary Schmidt, after all). Highly recommended.
  • Callie
    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 book is definitely on par with The Wednesday Wars and Okay For Now.Carter Jones is going about his chaotic business one morning when a man shows up on his family's doorstep. Apparently his grandfather has died and left the family the services of his butler, with an endowment to pay his salary. Carter isn't sure what to think of the Bu...
  • Laura Gardner
    I absolutely love Gary Schmidt, but this book is my least favorite of his. The writing is beautiful and the emotional side of the story definitely hooked me (Carter's father is deployed and has found another family abroad and is abandoning Carter's family). There is a LOT of cricket in here, however, and I'm just as confused about how cricket works after reading the book as I was before reading it. In addition, while I love the Butler character, ...
  • Julie
    I like to think I’m open minded about different sports. However this book about a mom, boy, Butler and missing father just doesn’t work for me. A butler who teaches the neighborhood about cricket? A mom who is almost nonexistent. I loved many of Gary Schmidt’s novels. I wanted desperately to add this to the list. It’s just not for me.
  • Pernille Ripp
    3.5 stars, and it kills me to give a Gary D. Schmidt book this rating because there was such a fantastic story interwoven between all of the cricket stuff. 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. Still worth a read though.
  • Debbie Smith
    Sixth-grader Carter Jones is asked to answer the knock at the door as his mom and three sisters scurry around getting ready for school. At 7:15 in the morning, on the first day of school, Carter is shocked to see an English butler wearing a bowler hat and holding an umbrella as big as a satellite disk standing on his porch. It seems Carter’s grandfather has passed away leaving funds for the Butler to move from his Grandfather's employee to work...
  • Amanda
    I loved The Wednesday Wars, (read it!) and had high hopes here for Schmidt's new book; he did not disappoint! I will be buying this; it was that wonderful. Read it with a box of tissues though. Finding a great male MC can be a challenge; finding one that isn't a pain in the glutes (haha) and reads believably can be an even greater challenge; finding one with strong male role models and good friends--especially for the middle school range and with...
  • Erin
    I picked up this book for no other reason that it was written by Gary D. Schmidt, and Okay for Now is one of my favorites of all time. So having no idea of the plot, I was instantly surprised and delighted. I was getting some serious Mary Poppins vibes right off the bat and a couple of the lines had me practically laughing out loud. The tone was also reminiscent of Everything on a Waffle, another of my all-time faves.Not that I would say this boo...
  • Virginia McGee Butler
    A butler, a cricket match, and middle school – even if you throw in a purple Bentley – doesn’t sound like a promising start for a page turning book, but then there is Gary Schmidt. The stage is set in the first paragraph, “If it hadn’t been the first day of school, and if my mother hadn’t been crying her eyes out the night before, and if the fuel pump on the Jeep had been doing what a fuel pump on a Jeep is supposed to be doing, and i...
  • LauraW
    This book was surprisingly touching. I have read others of Schmidt's books, which have all been good, but this one seemed to really go to my heart. The premise (a butler showing up on the family doorstep) isn't as unlikely as it seemed at first, and, while there are a few other things that also seem unlikely in real life, the story more than makes up for them in nuances that add so much. I am not a cricket aficionado, so those parts were a bit be...
  • Brittany
    4.5 starsI was suspicious about this book at first because the premise seemed so tame compared to many of my favorite Gary Schmidt books. Yet, it ended up being charming, emotional, unique and fantastic.Carter Jones is one of four kids living with his momwhile his father serves in the military overseas. Right away, you get the sense that their lives are a touch chaotic and overwhelming. Then, Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick shows up on their doorstep. He...
  • Susanna Paul
    Ok, 5 stars I usually reserve for books that are exceptionally provocative or life-changing in some way. This isn't either of those. But this book does a number of astonishing things: 1) the middle school boy narrative voice is spot on 2) it essentially explains the rules of cricket (which I've never understood), and makes it EXCITING 3) it deals with the effects of trauma on said middle school boy in a convincing way 4) the phrase "pain in the g...
  • Joanne Kelleher
    Sixth-grader Carter Jones is surprised to find a real-life English butler on his doorstep one morning. And, even more strange, Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick is a Cricket fan who manages to recruit the upperclassmen in Carter's school for a Cricket league.Honestly, I had a bit a trouble stepping into the world of this book, even though it takes place in the present. However, since I like Schmidt's storytelling, I decided to look at this as kind of magica...
  • Lynn
    Brilliant, funny and incredibly moving, this book deserves all the stars possible. Using topics that would surely rate at the bottom for interest in a middle-school book (cricket, a grammar-correcting butler and a purple Bentley) Gary Schmidt works miracles. He crafts a story that gifts readers with characters impossible to forget, moments that made me weep and moments that made me laugh out loud in a book I didn't want to end. A master as much a...
  • Michelle
    Many thanks to Miss Angie, who buys the juvenile books for our library system, for recommending this book. If you ever get a request for a fiction book about cricket, this is it! I enjoyed the light humor throughout, it's been a while since I read a book from the perspective of a 14-year old boy.The book also deals with grief, although it's only from the perspective of Carter and his parents. I enjoyed the bits about cricket, and I have Downton A...
  • Kathy
    The first day of sixth grade, the Butler arrived at Carter Jones' house, bringing order into a chaotic, grieving household, organizing a cricket team for his middle school, and teaching Carter how to love and feel loved again.Carter's career soldier father is never coming home. Carter's little brother Currier had died (less than a year ago?). His mother is stressed about money and everything else. And, he's in middle school. This is achingly sad ...
  • Kristin
    This is classic Gary D. Schmidt and I am so glad. I was a bit worried after What Came From the Stars, but the humorous-poignant writing is back in this book. The characters and the plot are both interesting, and there are plenty of little nods to English culture throughout. Sad and funny at the same time, Gary Schmidt writes for people who love to read. And this, with its Wednesday Wars feel, is no exception!