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
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Ah, hell. I can't be articulate. I liked it. It was good.
Story Time tells the story of eighth grade Kate and her sixth grade Uncle George and their family, as Kate and George are ...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
6th grade genius George Melvil and his popular 8th grade c ...more
Nevertheless, I shall mention that this is going to be a short review. I'm afraid I would get carried away in insulting this poor author's work. Yes, it does happen. Yes, it has happened ...more
I chose this book b ...more
Story Time is actually quite different from those earlier books. The plo ...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."
The premise behind Story Time is demon-ridden library meets ultra-modern school with test ...more
The best part of the book, for me, was the afterword in which ...more
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Quirky Middle-grade book about a wierd school on top of a library??? [s]||10||194||Jan 27, 2015 10:02AM|
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Red cover with a devil on it? [s]||8||47||May 10, 2014 08:16AM|
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Children's or YA mocking standardized tests [s]||13||189||Mar 30, 2014 06:25PM|
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