Story Time by Edward Bloor

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George and Kate are promised the finest education when they transfer to the Whittaker Magnet School. It boasts the highest test scores in the nation. But at what price? Their school's curriculum is focused on beating standardized tests; classes are held in dreary, windowless rooms; and students are force-fed noxious protein shakes to improve their test performance. Worst of all, there seems to be a demon loose in the building--one whose murderous work has only just begun.

A bitterly funny satire about the state of modern education from the author of Tangerine and Crusader.

Includes a reader's guide and an author's note.

About Edward Bloor

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EDWARD BLOOR is the author of four acclaimed novels. A former high school teacher, he lives near Orlando, Florida.
Published August 1, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 443 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"In the sprawling, satirical tradition of his Tangerine and Crusader ," PW wrote, "Bloor delivers a no-holds-barred, deeply subversive tale about modern education."

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The headmaster proudly expounds on "test-based curriculum," which in practical terms means that standardized test scores are all the school cares about ("The higher the test scores, the more people who want to move into your school district.

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Teen Reads

While Kate has zero desire to attend a basement school full of brainwashed test-takers, George is intrigued by the opportunity to attend a school where he won't be judged unfairly on his small stature and interest in academics.

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Story Time is set in a corrupt US county where the school board and the local government are so firmly under the sway of one greedy family that they allow them to shanghai public school students into the fee-charging Whittaker Magnet School, where the concept of "teaching to the test" goes reduct...

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Once there they discover that the entire curriculum consists of boosting their test scores by sitting in windowless basement rooms taking standardized tests from every state.

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