The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
-- Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

Young readersElementary readersUpper elementary readers
6 stars

The School Story

AR: 5.2
Lexile: 760
RC: 4.7
by Andrew Clements     Illus. by Brian Selznick
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Original post — Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Twelve-year old Natalie has just written a book that both her best friend and her teacher love. They want to send it to the publishing house where Natalie's mom works but Natalie doesn't want her mom to know she wrote it. So the three of them work together to get the manuscript to her mom and, hopefully, published into an actual book.

This was a very well written book. The characters were realistic. I especially liked Natalie's friend Zoe and I believe Natalie's mother's boss really exists! She was scary! Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I was hoping that it would be as funny as Frindle with another great ending. Well, I didn't think it was as funny so I couldn't get into it. I did like the ending, though. For me, the best thing about it was it gave me courage to try to get my own stories published. If you are a kid who likes to write, you should read this book. Even if you don't laugh as much as you should, you might be inspired to get your own books published!

(Last modified:08/29/2007)

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