The School Story

Narrated by: Spencer Kayden
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Children's Audiobooks
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Publisher's Summary

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 delights his audience with this story of two irrepressible girls who use their talent, ingenuity and a little cunning to make a young writer's dream come true.

©2001 Andrew Clements (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"A standout. Indeed a 'school story,' this is at heart a tale about the love between a father and a daughter." (Publishers Weekly)
"A highly original plot with plenty of intriguing side stories makes this...thoroughly satisfying." (Amazon.com)

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Excellent family book to take along for the ride.

We listened to this book in the car on the long drive to vacation. It was enjoyed by our 1st grader, our 4th grader, plus 2 adults.
If you're looking for a family book to take along for the ride, this is a good choice.

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Not my first time

What a delightful story and masterful performance. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it again and fully anticipate doing so again in a year, or maybe sooner.

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So good!!!!!

This book wasn’t anything like any other book because it sounded like it came from the heart.❤️ And l think everyone will love the book too. 🏆I hope you have the same time with this audio book as I did.👌

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The school story

I loved this book so much.
Every time I listened to this
book I felt like crying.
I got so into it.

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so good!! it's AWSOME!!!! I love this book!!!! heh

so good!! it's AWSOME!!!! I love this book!!!! heh I love the name Natalie and it's spooky good

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Such a great performance

I've always loved Andrew Clements books and remember this book as the first one I read. This story is timeless and still so interesting, those girls made their dream seem so possible. I was very impressed with the narrator and thought she captured the characters perfectly.

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Loved it!

If you could sum up The School Story in three words, what would they be?

We Ioved this story and will listen again. Wonderful narration and inspiring story about the power of kids!

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I loved it!

I listened to this book with my son and daughter and we all really enjoyed it. We especially liked the way that the speaker made the story come to life. The characters in this book were great and we were sad to see the story end. We wish that audible carried more Andrew Clements books. We would listen to them all.

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Enjoyable

Even for an adult!! Learn about publishing. A feel good story