Twelve-year-old Natalie Nelson has written a powerful school story. It's a short novel called "The Cheater," and her best friend Zoe is certain it should be published. All Natalie has to do is give the manuscript to her mom, an editor at a big publishing house. However Natalie doesn't want any favors from her mom. Still, Zoe won't drop the idea.
Spurred into action, Natalie invents a pen name for herself and Zoe becomes a self-styled literary agent. But if the girls are to succeed, they'll need support from their wary English teacher, legal advice from Zoe's tough-talking father, and some clever maneuvering to outwit the overbearing editor in chief of Shipley Junior Books.
Andrew Clements, the best-selling author of Frindle, The Landry News, and The Janitor's Boy, delights his audience with this story of two irrepressible girls who use their talent, ingenuity, and a little cunning to try to make a young writer's dream come true.
About the Author
Andrew Clements (1949–2019) was the author of the enormously popular?Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he was nominated for a multitude of state awards,?including a Christopher Award and an Edgar Award. His popular works include?About Average,?Troublemaker,?Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He was also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. Find out more?at AndrewClements.com.
Brian Selznick?is the author and illustrator of the bestselling?The Invention of Hugo Cabret,?which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including?Frindle?and?Lunch Money?by Andrew Clements, as well as the?Doll People?trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and?The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins?by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.