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The School Story
by Andrew Clements
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1.Do a comparison/contrast between Zoe and Natalie on a big sheet of paper. How are they and their familes the same or different?
 
2.Natalie and Zoe have a "push and pull" friendship. What does this mean to you?
 
3.People differ in their opinions of what lying and cheating are. Do you think any of this went on in the story?
 
4.How does Natalie's relationship with her mother change throughout the book?
 
5.Why do you think Zoe helps Natalie in her attempt to publish a book?
 
6.What do you suppose might have happened if the girls had asked for help from their parents?
 
7.What kind of obstacles did the girls encounter trying to get the book published, and how did they overcome them?
 
8.Did it seem realistic to you that two 12-year-olds were able to do what they did in this story? Why or why not?
 
9.What kinds of things did you already know about book publishing before you read this book? What did you learn about the industry that you didn't know before?
 
10.Do you have any ideas about what kinds of books you would like to see published?
 
Author Website:
http://www.andrewclements.com
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