Clements, Andrew. The School Story. Illustrated by Brian Selznick. Simon & Schuster, 2001. ISBN 0-689-82594-3. $16.00. 197 pp. * 3+ F Reviewed by Vicky M. Turner Natalie Hansen has written a book-a book her best friend Zoe feels just has to be published. Natalie and Zoe contrive a plan to submit the book to Natalie’s mother, who is a children’s book editor at Shipley Jr. Books. First, the girls enlist the help of their English teacher, Ms. Clayton. Then they come up with a pseudonym for both the author and the literary agent. They rent an “instant” office, complete with phone messaging, paging service, and address. After submitting the manuscript, they find that Natalie’s mother’s boss wants all the glory of discovering a new author. This is a well-written, fast-paced story about an unlikely subject-being an author. How can writing be called exciting? You only have to read the tale of these two twelve-year-old friends-one passive and one active nearly to distraction-to understand how getting a book published can be filled with adventure, intrigue, even mystery.
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