The School Story by Andrew Clements

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Twelve-year-old Natalie Nelson has written a powerful school story. It's a short novel called "The Cheater," and her best friend Zoe is certain it should be published. All Natalie has to do is give the manuscript to her mom, an editor at a big publishing house. However Natalie doesn't want any favors from her mom. Still, Zoe won't drop the idea.
Spurred into action, Natalie invents a pen name for herself and Zoe becomes a self-styled literary agent. But if the girls are to succeed, they'll need support from their wary English teacher, legal advice from Zoe's tough-talking father, and some clever maneuvering to outwit the overbearing editor in chief of Shipley Junior Books.
Andrew Clements, the best-selling author of Frindle, The Landry News, and The Janitor's Boy, delights his audience with this story of two irrepressible girls who use their talent, ingenuity, and a little cunning to try to make a young writer's dream come true.
 

About Andrew Clements

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Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in central Massachusetts and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.
 
Published May 2, 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Depicting the world of children’s publishing as a delicious mix of idealism and office politics, Clements squires the manuscript past slush pile and contract, the editing process, and initial buzz (“The Cheater grabs hold of your heart and never lets go,” gushes Kirkus).

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The Guardian

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This book is an absolutely unforgettable read.

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Publishers Weekly

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Four of Andrew Clements's most popular books have been gathered into a boxed set, called School Days.

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Publishers Weekly

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In a starred review, PW called this book about a 12-year-old aspiring author a "standout.

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Publishers Weekly

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Clements's (Frindle) absorbing novel centers on Natalie, a 12-year-old aspiring author who, since her father died in an automobile accident, lives alone with her mother, Hannah, a children's book editor for a New York City publisher.

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BC Books

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I know kids are interested in just about everything these days, but I didn’t know they would have been curious at all as to how a book gets bought, published, and advertised.

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BookPage

(Anyone who knows publishing will delight in reading about how Zee Zee outfoxes the overbearing editor who wants to wrest the promising book away from Natalie's mother.) And there's just enough emphasis on the hard work of writing to warm any teacher's heart.

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Gather Books

Natalie has written a book and her best friend Zoe has just finished reading it.

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Common Sense Media

Readers will grin from beginning to end of this enchanting story, except when brushing away the occasional tear during the more poignant moments, such as when Zoe realizes that Natalie's story, ostensibly about a girl who is caught cheating at school, is really "like a good-bye poem from Natalie ...

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KidsReads

Zoe sees the perfect opportunity to publish the book --- Natalie's own mother is an editor at Shipley Junior Books, but Natalie doesn't want special treatment from her Mom.

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Readers will grin from beginning to end of this enchanting story, except when brushing away the occasional tear during the more poignant moments, such as when Zoe realizes that Natalie's story, ostensibly about a girl who is caught cheating at school, is really "like a good-bye poem from Natalie ...

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