The School Story

The School Story
Age Range
10+
Release Date
June 01, 2001
ISBN
0689851863
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Natalie's best friend, Zoe, is sure that the novel Natalie's written is good enough to be published. But how can a twelve-year-old girl publish a book? Natalie's mother is an editor for a big children's publisher, but Natalie doesn't want to ask for any favors. Then Zoe has a brilliant idea: Natalie can submit her manuscript under a pen name, with Zoe acting as her literary agent. But it's not easy for two sixth graders to put themselves over as grown-ups, even with some help from a couple of real grown-ups who are supportive but skeptical. The next best-selling school story may be in their hands -- but can Natalie and Zoe pull off their masquerade?

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Natalie is just a normal twelve-year-old girl with one exception she is an amazing writer, at least according to her best friend Zoe. Zoe thinks Natalie is good enough to get published, but Natalie isnt so sure. Her mother works in publishing, but Natalie doesnt want to get favors from her. She wants to do it herself.

With the aid of Zoe, who acts as Natalies agent, Natalie submits her manuscript to the publishing company her mother works for. Its hard to maintain their disguises, and soon, the publishers want to meet someone. Natalie and Zoe enlist the help of a couple adults, and eventually, Natalies story is accepted.

Andrew Clements is a fantastic author for readers in middle school. All his stories are about standing up for what you believe in and making your dreams happen. This story is no different. A young girl knows she has talent and works to make her dream of being published happen. In some ways, these stories are too good to be true, but they are cute nonetheless. I recommend The School Story for fans of Sharon Creech books.
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