Hi bookies (those who pour their hearts and souls into literature),
I just read a great book. It’s not the normal adult or young adult books that I’ve posted reviews on before. No, this is my first review on a children’s book or “tween” book. I don’t mind and I hope you won’t either. There’s the famous old saying about books that goes like…hmm…what was it again? “Don’t judge a book by a cover”? Well, this doesn’t just apply to covers or books, as everyone well knows. So I also apply it to book genres and intended audiences. I don’t limit myself to fit in the “intended audience”. That’s how I have found a lot of funny, clever, and entertaining books that I have really enjoyed. One of them being…
Title: The School Story
Author: Andrew Clements
Genre: Children’s Literature
There are plenty of reasons to read this book. The author is a well-known writer who in my opinion writes really good children’s books that happen to appeal to adults as well. Maybe you’ve heard of Frindle or The Landry News? Both excellent books that are written by the same author. The author writes really good, clean books. Best of all, it has what I love the most along with a good story- lessons/facts you can learn. (Want to find another book that excels in this? See my soon-to-come Pastwatch review.)
If this isn’t enough to convince you, think about this. If you read this book, you’ll break out of bubble you might be placing yourself in. Why do you have to stick only to adult books? Have fun. Be a kid again. Remember your own dreams and goals and those good times back in your childhood. As every good reader knows, you tend to open up your mind to new things when you read books. You gain so much mental flexibility with all the adventures and knowledge coming to you. So why not take a crazy chance? Why not do a crazy dance? ink&scales walks over to slap me Thanks Aramia, for snapping me out of a sudden bout of quoting lyrics. Anyway, in case you still need ANOTHER reason, think of the advantages of reading children’s books as an adult. You will be able to “connect” more easily with the younger generations, you’ll understand their interests/p.o.v., plus you’ll be able to recommend good books for your own children or for other people’s children. (Especially if you are a teacher!) So, if you’re not convinced…see a doctor. Something must be wrong with you! For those of you who are following me so far, let’s get started with the book’s pros and cons.
The title is pretty simple and I basically ignored the cover until the very end. When you read the book, DON’T SKIP AHEAD!!! There’s a small twist that I found pleasantly surprising, a bit amusing, and clever. Well, you might be wondering: what’s the book about anyway? Here’s the blurb:
Two middle school girls scheme to publish a book in this novel from Andrew Clements, the author of Frindle.
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 bestselling school story may be in their hands—but can Natalie and Zoe pull off their masquerade?
This book is well-paced and interesting. As I was reading, it flowed so smoothly that I never noticed when one chapter ended and another began. I will admit it was a quick read. It took me less than 2 hours. But I feel that it is totally worth it.
As for the plot itself, I think it will appeal to most adult readers. Why? Well, if you are an adult and still love reading or have it as a main hobby, congratulations! You are one of the few. I had a few classmates in school who loved reading, just like me. Unfortunately, life got to them and got them so busy that as an adult, they didn’t have time to read. Once they finally got enough time to try to rekindle that love, it was too late- damage had been done and reading just wasn’t the same for them. So if you are an adult reader, chances are that you have passed the danger zone. You still love reading and as an avid book reader, you have thought about how a good book is created. Maybe you’ve even considered writing your own book. That’s what this book is about.
As for the previously mentioned lessons it teaches, some of them are loyalty, bravery, true friendship, loss, parent-child relationships, etc. It does teach about all these things in the subtle form a story.
The adults in this story are the adults there should be in this world and the way we should strive to be. The kids in this story are very real, down-to-earth, street-smart kids who have a good heart and try to achieve dreams by planning ahead and thinking things through. Could they have backed down and given up? Yes. Will they? No. Why is it so necessary to get the book published? Do they publish their book? That’s for me to know and for you to find out!
I give this book 5/5 stars.***** Definitely should be read! What do you guys think? Do you agree with the rating? Have you read any of Andrew Clements books? Which ones?