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Story Time

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,068 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 443 pages
Published (first published October 1st 2001)
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This struck me as what would happen if Lemony Snicket wrote a book with a more realistic setting and plot. And, um, with demons. And standardized testing. And superweapons. So I guess it's maybe not so realistic at all. But it still had a certain Lemony Snicket-esque vibe in the wordplay and the sarcasm.

Ah, hell. I can't be articulate. I liked it. It was good.
Dan Keating
Aug 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It legitimately pains me to be writing this review. Bloor's "Tangerine" is, and will probably always be, my favorite young adult novel ever, but after reading his "Crusader" and now this, I've come to accept that Bloor hasn't been able to duplicate the success of his first novel - while duplicating many thematic elements in a way that reveals his writing as somewhat formulaic.

Story Time tells the story of eighth grade Kate and her sixth grade Uncle George and their family, as Kate and George are
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, dnf
This is a good satire on the current state of our education system and the No Child Left Behind program. In this story 8th grader Kate and her genius uncle George (who is actually younger than her) are invited to attend the Whittaker Magnet School. George, who is a bit of genius, is thrilled but Kate, notsomuch. The Whittaker Magnet School is the last place Kate wants to go. She loves her public school and has been practicing her whole life for the lead in their production of Peter Pan. She's al ...more
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time slogging through it, it didn't really capture my interest. It's intended as a scathing criticism of standardized testing and education, but that's such a minimal part of the book, it's more like tepid criticism. The paranormal parts weren't very interesting or exciting, and the characters, other than Uncle George, were flat. I like demons as much as the next person, but we learned so little about them, where they came from, why they were in the book, and why they liked to hurt ...more
Tam Tam
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads, fantasy, ya
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Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-elementary
I love Tangerine, so I was expecting to love this. Story Time is about a school that has kids take standardized tests all day, every day, to improve their scores. The government thinks the school is AMAZING from the test scores, but we know better. Bloor's Tangerine was a terrific, funny satire on environmental issues and from this book jacket, I was expecting a similar satire on today's standardized testing. But Bloor added this whole demon thing to the plot that just didn't work. It was a devi ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book at a thrift shop. It was signed by the author. I had never heard of him but I was intrigued by the story line about a school that was run on a test based curriculum. I thought it might be an interesting commentary on today's education system. I was disappointed that the test based curriculum really was not a major part of the plot. Instead, to book was more of a dark look into how an evil family took over a school and made the lives of the kids there miserable in many ways. The ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya, mystery
I loved this. Part ghost-story, part satire, a good story that makes it's point without losing the elements of good storytelling.
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
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best paranormal book I've read in a long time. It's better than all the paranormal romances that keep coming out lol!

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
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It is a funny satire of the whole "Standardized Testing" in public education. It is a young adult book, but worth the read.
An interesting and humorous read.
Saloni More
Author: Edward Bloor

Rating: 4/5

When George and Kate gets letters of admission from Whittaker Magnet School, George is thrilled and Kate, devastated. Whittaker boasts the highest standardised test scores and the finest education in all of America, if not the world. But at a great price.

Spoilers ahead.

Plot and Pacing: Story Time is a satire about the importance we place on standardised testing (such as the PSAT and SAT). On the surface, the plot may seem to be about demons hiding in books, aching
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Partnership Book Theme Project (Poetry)
Timon Xu E2

Theme: Prestigious Education is Not for Everybody
The Higher Education - Franklin Pierce Adams

"Father," began the growing youth,
"Your pleading finds me deaf;
Although I know you speak the truth
About the course at Shef.
But think you that I have no pride,
To follow such a trail?
I cannot be identified
With Princeton or with Yale."

"Father," began another lad,
Emerging from his prep;
"I know you are a Princeton grad,
But the coaches have no pep.
Roxana Rathbun
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is labeled as YA but for all intents and purposes, I rate it YA and up. I loved this book. The characters were new and contemporary. Kate is two years older than her Uncle George who is a genius. There is a demon or two that lives inside books at the state of the art school that only takes in those with the highest intelligence (of course, Kate is forced to go since she happens to live with her genius uncle). This book is filled with Adult vs. Child shenanigans and has a nice tidy endi ...more
Esteban Mannion
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Quick, entertaining read, but I much preferred the school satire (spot on, sadly) to the ghost story (too gruesome for me). A few too many loose ends for me as well. But I am interested in reading the author's other, more school-focused novels (that he mentions in the author's note). 2.5 stars.
Megan Mullins
This was great, but I think it would have been scarier without the supernatural element.
This book was Edward Bloor's satiric social commentary on the state of education today, especially standardized testing and No Child Left Behind standards. But it is also more than that! It is a supernatural mystery action-thriller involving a Demon named Jack who possesses certain people during Story Time hour(hence, the book title). Here's the BASIC setup, (which is hard b/c there are so many characters involved in A LOT of plot lines!)

6th grade genius George Melvil and his popular 8th grade c
Evan Macrone (Will Work For Books)
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you don't mind caricature villains, then you might like this
Recommended to Evan Macrone by: It looked cool, I guess. i mean, the blurb is interesting enough
I just finished Story Time by Edward Bloor and it was...interesting.
First of all, my biggest gripe is how unbelievable the villains were. I swear, half the time I thought that Edward was purposefully making them into caricatures sarcastically or something, but no, it's supposed to be taken completely seriously. Which is hard to do without thinking "Oh, that's the author trying to make us hate the villain".
Also, this book could be shave off fifty pages. There is a lot of unnecessary events inv
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1997, author Edward Bloor took the literary world captive with the lightning-fast, suspense-packed writing in his first novel, Tangerine. His follow-up to Tangerine, Crusader, once again teleported readers to a darkly mysterious world in which nothing was quite what it seemed, where people who seemed good could turn out to be the vilest of villains, and those who appeared to be bad might end up saving the day in the end.

Story Time is actually quite different from those earlier books. The plo
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me about a hundred pages to finally admit that I was into this book. Bloor builds his story carefully. The book is long, but the chapters are short and, honestly, I couldn't tell you what happened in any given chapter. But by the climax, the reader is wrapped up in a very big, crazy, funny, terrible event that goes beyond anything I could have come up with. It's a social satire that turns very dark and hits some pretty creepy notes on the supernatural side. It wraps itself up a little to ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Story Time isn't funny. It's boring, long, and painful to my eyes. I wished I abandoned the book earlier, but I was so hoping it would turn out for the better. Ah! Investment failure. It's a good thing it was only a library book. It would had been burned to ashes by this time. I hated, hated it. It was terrible.

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
Julie S.
I loved this book. It was such an interesting look at schools and testing. It had so many running references: Peter Pan, the mutant octopus-shaped school district, clogging, Pogo's quote-talking, and best of all, Andrew Carnegie.

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 loved this book so much, I read it once, and then read it again aloud to my entire family. Edward Bloor generally writes very serious books about very serious topics. This time, he writes a funny book about a serious topic. This is honestly one of the most hilarious and biting pieces of satire I have ever read. Even my father said that, and that's a big compliment from him. You know satire is good, when you vaguely have to question whether it's real, or you can imagine that it could be real. A ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, horror, humour, 2015
George is a genius. He writes a test to get into what appears to be a prestigious Magnet School, and is accepted. (It turns out that his is the highest test score in the nation!) The school takes the unprecedented path of reworking the boundaries for school districts and because George's house falls into the new school zone, his niece (who is actually two years older than him) also gets to attend. The school, however, does not turn out to be the bastion of education it purports itself to be.

Amy Snyder
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Keegan M
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t really like this book because it was confusing to understand. It had a very twisty plot
Penelope Bartotto
This is another one of those books my teenage daughter brought home from her book club and once she had read it she was pretty adamant that I would like it too. What can I say she knows her mama loves a good book, and she is catching on to what styles of books intrigue me the most. She's been pretty spot on with all of the recommendations she has made. This was no exception!
Ultimately quirky, with some highly unique characters, the story takes you into the twisted and dark side of what education
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This not going to be a very well articulated review because I was so frustrated with the book that I don't have any well articulated thoughts. Supposedly this is supposed to be a satire on the state of education in our country. Other than the students taking standardized tests every day,I didn't get the satire. Supposedly this is supposed to be a "horror" book, but other than a plethora of weird deaths and the mention of a demon late into the story, it wasn't really horror, either. Supposedly th ...more
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Edward (William) Bloor

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
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