A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements begins in Scarsdale, New York. The main protagonist of the story, Mark Robert Chelmsley, has lived there in New York for the past three years of his life. Mark's opinion is that he lives in the greatest place in the world. Most of the book is not set in New York, though. Mark and his family are moving from New York to a renovated country farmhouse in rural New Hampshire. Mark is not happy about it. In addition to the story being set in Mark's new house, large parts of the book are set in Mark's new school. The name of the school is Hardy Elementary. Mark's teacher, Mr. Maxwell, is in charge of the school's "Week in the Woods" program, and the remaining setting location is at the camp in the woods where Mr. Maxwell takes his class.