STORY TIME by Edward Bloor


Age Range: 12 & up
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George and Kate Melvil have won acceptance to Whittaker Magnet School, where they will be exposed to the finest teaching methods in the US and subjected to a test-based, “Leave No High-Scoring Child Behind” program. Classes take place in windowless rooms in the basement, where Kate and her fellow students, the “Mushroom Children,” drink protein shakes and use treadmills to stay in shape for the standardized tests taken every day in every class. Students memorize the prefectures of Japan and GRE vocabulary words, and children’s books are read at Story Time for the phonics lessons they inspire. Kate hates the school and wants nothing more than to be at her old school, singing and acting in the upcoming production of Peter Pan. Adults will relish this wild satire on modern education; young readers will enjoy the horror-story trappings of ghosts, bizarre occurrences, demonic possession, and the big, dark school that looks like Dracula’s castle. A creation with wide appeal. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-15-204670-4
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2004


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