Andrew Clements: The School Story

The School Story
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
General Placement: 26
Genre: Juvenile "Inspirational" Fiction
Shipping Weight: 4.8 Ounces
Pages: 224

"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 realgrown-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?"

My Thoughts:
As a young child, I thought that this book was absolutely fantastic. Natalie was a powerful role model, and her successes were inspiring. The plot seemed undeniably believable, and the book made writing seem enjoyable, even exciting.
Now, the book isn't quite as spectacular, which is absolutely to be expected. However, I still appreciate it immensely. Clements wrote this novel to inspire and entertain children, and in that aspect, he has succeeded entirely. Thus, this book is still absolutely fantastic.
Who cares if the book doesn't describe the publishing process very accurately? If Clements had described it in full, the prospect of writing and publishing would have seemed very, very daunting, and the story would have been substantially less entertaining.
Children will think that The School Story is the best book in the world, while everyone else should appreciate Clements's gifted narrative voice and skill at creating engaging and inspiring stories that so many children enjoy.

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