George and Kate are promised the finest education when they transfer to the Whittaker Magnet School. It boasts the highest test scores in the nation. But at what price? Their school's curriculum is focused on beating standardized tests; classes are held in dreary, windowless rooms; and students are force-fed noxious protein shakes to improve their test performance. Worst o...more
Story Time tells the story of eighth grade Kate and her sixth grade Uncle George and their family, as Kate and George are...more
Ah, hell. I can't be articulate. I liked it. It was good.
Story Time is actually quite different from those earlier books. The plo...more
If you have a child in public school, you are familiar with the horror that the "Test Based Curriculum." You know, "teaching to the test", meaning standardized testing? Designed by androids whose only desire is to suck every scrap of joy and wonder out of learning, this unmitigated crap is the current standard here in the good old US of A. (Thanks Bush. Don't let the d...more
I really liked the idea of a haunted college-prep school that branches out. There's really nothing to say, but it's fast-paced and full of interesting little bits of information and kept my attention the whole time.
I don't really have a favorite character or a hated character in this book for some reason. However, the characters in this book was amazingly created. Each character w...more
I really en...more
Ultimately quirky, with some highly unique characters, the story takes you into the twisted and dark side of what education...more
My favorite passage:
Whit then resumed. He pointed behind the audience to the entryway. "A brief history lesson: Andrew Carnegie, the nineteenth-century robber baron, near the end of his life, decided to build a series of public libraries as public monuments to himself."
I liked this book because it was full of mystery and it was a little hard to understand some parts but overall it was good.
I rated this book 4.
The negative: Bloor's books always confuse me. The number of subplots, and their complexity...They are always enjoyable, but sometimes feel forced or confusing.
The summary: A good read, but not one I'll read again.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
Personal Information: Born October 12, 1950, in Trenton, NJ; son of Edward William and Mary (Cowley) Bloor; married Pamela Dixon (a teacher), August 4, 1984. Father to a daughter and a son. Education: Fordham University, B.A., 1973.
Career: Novelist and editor. English teacher in Florida public high schools, 1983-86; Harcourt Brace School Publishers, Orlando, FL, senior editor...more