The School Story

  • by Andrew Clements
  • Narrated by Spencer Kayden
  • 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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." (


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Nxp

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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- Stephanie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-17-2003
  • Publisher: Listening Library