Automotive Holiday Deals Books Gift Guide Books Gift Guide Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Indie for the Holidays egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Grooming Deals Gifts Under $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer bf15 bf15 bf15 $30 Off Amazon Echo $15 Off All-New Fire Kindle Black Friday Deals Black Friday Video Game Deals Shop Now HTL

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $18.99
  • Save: $0.17 (1%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 11 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
The School Story has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The School Story Hardcover – June 1, 2001

130 customer reviews

See all 25 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
Hardcover, June 1, 2001
$3.49 $0.01

$18.82 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 11 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more

Editorial Reviews Review

Don't mess with Zee Zee Reisman from the Sherry Clutch Literary Agency. Especially when she's promoting the hot new novelist Cassandra Day. New York's publishing scene is familiar with tough players like Zee Zee, and impressed by the book she's pushing... but stunned when they find out Zee Zee and Cassandra are both 12-year-old girls. Zee Zee is really Zoe, fiercely loyal and self-assured best friend to Natalie Nelson, a.k.a. Cassandra Day. When Natalie writes a story, a really good story, Zoe is determined to let the whole world know. Using her formidable wits and all the resources available to a well-to-do New York City girl, Zoe, along with their timid English teacher, Ms. Clayton, proceeds to chip away at the challenge. The catch? The editor Natalie wants happens to be her own mother, an editor at Shipley Junior Books. But Natalie wants her authorship to remain a secret to her mom so that she'll get a fair shake. What ensues is a masterfully elaborate plot to get the manuscript in the right hands--and away from the arrogant, unfriendly editor in chief.

A highly original plot with plenty of intriguing side stories makes this a thoroughly satisfying read, especially for future novelists, agents, and editors. The publishing world is explored in just enough detail to gently banish romantic notions, but not to quell enthusiasm. The subplot around Natalie's father, who died four years earlier, is an almost silent but strong undercurrent to the story. This graceful and enjoyable novel from Andrew Clements (the bestselling author of The Janitor's Boy, Frindle, and The Landry News) is illustrated with rather gloomy, yet strangely funny black-and-white drawings from Brian Selznick, the illustrator of Clements' Frindle and The Landry News. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

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. As the book opens, Natalie's best friend, Zoe, is reading the novel that Natalie is writing. The impulsive, take-charge Zoe decides it is good enough to be published and hatches a scheme to ensure that it is. The path from manuscript to bound book takes some funny turns, as the girls elicit the aid of their English teacher, who rents office space that serves as the faux headquarters of Natalie's self-appointed agent: Zoe. Clements strikes a poignant note with his plot within a plot, since the youngster's novel tells of a girl whose father stands up for her always even when she is caught cheating in school. Through the use of alternating perspectives, he characterizes the two seventh graders as very different but equally likable parties in a "push-and-pull friendship." Though Natalie's is, indeed, a "school story," it is at heart a tale about the love between a father and daughter. In Zoe's eyes, "the book was like a good-bye poem from Natalie to her father," whom she misses enormously. Hannah, explaining to Natalie how she can recognize the rare gem of a manuscript among the many submissions she receives, says, "The good ones stand out like roses in a snowbank." This is one such standout. Ages 8-12.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


$30 Off Kindle for Kids Bundle

Get $30 off Kindle for Kids Bundle
For a limited time, get $30 off Kindle and Kindle for Kids Bundle, $20 off Kindle Paperwhite. Offers end November 30 at 11:59pm PT. Learn more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689825943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689825941
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Most of my characters are fairly normal people who are dealing with the basics of everyday life--getting along with others, finding a place in the world, discovering talents, overcoming challenges, trying to have some wholesome fun along the way, and getting into some scrapes and a little mischief now and then, too. I guess I hope my readers will be able to see bits and pieces of themselves in the stories, particularly the novels that take place in and around school. School is a rich setting because schools and education are at the heart of every community. The stories that are set in school seem to resonate with kids, teachers, parents, librarians--readers of all ages. Everyone's life has been touched by school experiences. And I also hope, of course, that kids and others will enjoy reading, enjoy the use of language, enjoy my storytelling.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By halles5 on June 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is another great one by Andrew Clements and was chosen as our first summer read for a mother-daughter book club. Twelve-year old Natalie writes a story and her friend Zoe is certain she can get it published. Although Natalie's Mom works as an editor for a publishing story, Zoe wants the book to be published on its own merit. Natalie, who is a remarkable writer, couldn't get the book published without Zoe's determination, cunning, and confidence. As an adult reader, it made me realize how our fears can hold us back and keep us from fulfilling our dreams, in that Zoe showed no fear at all. A great book to demonstrate that talents come in different packages (be it that of a writer, agent or seller) and to encourage both boys and girls to pursue their talents. Neither my 9-year old daughter or I could put this book down.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
When Natalie Nelson, in sixth grade, writes a novel which her best friend Zoe thinks is the best book she's ever read, the two girls decide to get it published. Natalie's mother is an editor of Shipley Junior Books, but she does not know Natalie has written a book, and the girls do not want special favors from her. Natalie decides to use a pen name, Cassandra Day, for her book, and with Zoe acting as her agent and calling herself Zee Zee Reisman, the girls contact publishers and learn how books are produced, while keeping their ages a secret.

The story uses realistic dialogue between two girls whose personalities are very different--one thoughtful and serious (Natalie/Cassandra), and the other talkative and full of energy (Zoe/ZeeZee)--and as the girls work toward their goal of seeing Natalie's book in print, they learn what makes a good book, the biggest problems with "bad" books, why a literary agent is needed, how publishers connect with authors, the importance of contracts and a lawyer, how editing works, and how publishers create publicity for books.

Twelve-year-old Natalie and Zoe must use all their imagination and energy to solve many adult-sized problems here. As they try to keep Natalie's mother from discovering who Cassandra Day really is, they also learn the value of friendship and loyalty, the importance of being honest, and how to accomplish goals by working hard (with only a little adult help). Natalie and Zoe are lively and natural, and author Andrew Clements gives enough background about their family lives to involve middle-grade readers in their lives--and keep them on the edges of their chairs. A delightful story that will captivate kids--and the adults with whom they may share this story. n Mary Whipple
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gwenn Cosmis on July 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
It doesn't matter to me if this book isn't as thick as a Harry Potter, I don't care. This author{to me} ranks with the highest {example: Hayao Miyazaki}.
The three main resons this is my all time favorite book is:
1. This is about a girl becoming an author, and when I grow up, I wanna be one too.
2. Andrew Clements could make another book out of this one. It's like a book withen a book!!
3. Events in this ccould happen to everyone.
You also learn some stuff in this too!!
Other books this author has written include:
The Janitor's Boy
The Landry News {I own this book also}
A cool thing about this book is it has literure questions in the back of it, making it a book teachers might want to think about getting for their students so they could enjoy it!!
So for all these reasons, I would give this book 20 stars.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The School Story by Andrew Clements is a great book. It really says how much kids can do if they try!
Natalie writes a book and her friend Zoe cant bare to see it go to waste. So, they try to get it published. Natalie and Zoe deal with everything from friendship matters to legal matters. In the end, it really pays off!
This book is encouraging to young writers. It is filled with funny and emotional parts. It also has a universal theme. Everyone can enjoy it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Natalie starts to write a book, "The Cheater." Zoe loves the book, and thinks that she can get the book published. The only problem is that Natalie's mom is the only publisher they know. So Zoe thinks up a big plan, and decides to be Natalie's agent, Sherry Clutch. Natalie and their teacher, Ms. Clayton, join in. Natalie decides to have her pen name be Cassandra Day. Will they slip past Natalie's mom, or will she find out?
"School Story" was a great book, almost the best book I've ever read. It has a great plot (I think), and it shows how the girls think and feel. It shows lots of excitement and creativity. The characters have totally different personalities, which makes the book fun. And it is also pretty funny. This is the kind of book that does not need a sequel because the ending finishes perfectly, and locks everything up. It is the kind of book that does not suit some people, because there's not tons of action and fighting, but some people can't stop reading it because they just have to know what happens next. I think most of Andrew Clements books are pretty good, but this is his best book yet.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
'The Cheater' by Cassandra Day is a remarkable new book, and Hannah Nelson, at Shipley Junior Books, is thrilled that she has been given the chance edit it. What she doesn't know is that Cassandra Day--the up-and-coming novelist--and her agent--Zee Zee Reisman--are both twelve-year-old girls! In fact, those two twelve-year-old girls are Hannah's daughter, Natalie Nelson (Using the pen name Cassandra Day) and her best friend, Zoe Reisman. They and their favorite English teacher, Ms. Clayton, have thought up a master plan to get Natalie's book, The Cheater, published. And they aren't giving up, despite many problems that they face along the way, including the fact that they are only twelve.
This a great, Great, GREAT, Truly Great book!!! I just felt that it was a tad unrealistic that a sixth-grader would write a book so wonderful it would have everybody stirred up about it--Every single person who read it exclaiming over how great it was. That was my only complaint about the whole book. My teacher read it to our class a chapter a day and it took forever! I was always tempted to go out and buy the book myself so I could see what happened next! I would reccomend this book to anyone, especially any kid who wants to be an author when they grow up. Or maybe sooner. (Like me)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The School Story
This item: The School Story
Price: $18.82
Ships from and sold by

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: children's