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Story Timeby Edward Bloor
Synopses & 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 of all, there seems to be a demon loose in the building--one whose murderous work has only just begun.
A bitterly funny satire about the state of modern education from the author of Tangerine and Crusader.
Includes a reader's guide and an author's note.
"In the sprawling, satirical tradition of his Tangerine and Crusader, Bloor delivers a no-holds-barred, deeply subversive tale about modern education. George and Kate, uncle and niece (although Kate is by two years the elder), are invited to become students at the Whittaker Magnet School, located in an old library building rumored to be haunted. The headmaster proudly expounds on 'test-based curriculum,' which in practical terms means that standardized test scores are all the school cares about ('The higher the test scores, the more people who want to move into your school district. The more people who move into your school district, the higher the tax revenues,' the headmaster's son declaims). Bloor's fans will expect the deliciously dizzying proliferation of story lines, but the mix of genres may be uneasier here than in his previous books. Ghosts or demons begin to emerge from the antiquarian book collection hidden upstairs; the headmaster's wife subjugates Kate and shamelessly favors her own children; and Kate witnesses what appear to be murders — and locates the corpses just as the First Lady arrives for a historic visit to the school. There are characters with deep dark secrets, scenes of spectacular destruction (too absurd to be gruesome) and extravagant oddities. Readers may be relieved that Bloor lets the final explosions detonate off the page; the book is great, smart fun but, like a race-car driver making hairpin turns, comes close to losing control. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Welcome to the Whittaker Magnet School, where standardized testing truly is the work of the devil.
Now in paperback--a bitterly funny satire about the state of modern educationand standardized testing by the author of "Tangerine" and "Crusader."
About the Author
EDWARD BLOOR is the author of four acclaimed novels. A former high school teacher, he lives near Orlando, Florida.
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