Two twelve year old kids hit upon an audacious plan to break into publishing. A fun, feelgood story that has plenty of reality mixed in with the fantasy - from the acclaimed author of 'Frindle'. Twelve-year-old Natalie Nelson is writing an amazing story about school life called "The Cheater". Her best friend Zoe reckons it's brilliant - it should ...
Two twelve year old kids hit upon an audacious plan to break into publishing. A fun, feelgood story that has plenty of reality mixed in with the fantasy - from the acclaimed author of 'Frindle'. Twelve-year-old Natalie Nelson is writing an amazing story about school life called "The Cheater". Her best friend Zoe reckons it's brilliant - it should be a breeze to get it published, especially since Natalie's mum is an editor for one of the biggest publishing houses around. While Natalie knows better, and doesn't want any special favours, Zoe won't take no for an answer. She concocts a stupendous scheme to get "The Cheater" into print. First, Natalie must come up with a cool penname for herself so her mum won't know it's her. Then Zoe will invent a literary agency and appoint herself its star agent to sell Natalie's book. By sticking at it, sticking together - and with the help of a supportive but weary teacher - it's a daring scheme that might just work...
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-05-28 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. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-08-12 In a starred review, PW called this book about a 12-year-old aspiring author a "standout. Indeed a `school story,' this is at heart a tale about the love between a father and a daughter." Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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