What is the theme of the "The School Story"?

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Themes of The School Story include independence and creativity.

Natalie is a very creative girl who writes her own book called The Cheater . Her best friend, Zoe, is also very creative. She comes up with the idea to be Natalie's agent so that she can get her book published...

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Themes of The School Story include independence and creativity.

Natalie is a very creative girl who writes her own book called The Cheater. Her best friend, Zoe, is also very creative. She comes up with the idea to be Natalie's agent so that she can get her book published without Natalie's mother, who works in the publishing industry, knowing. By having faith in themselves and meeting obstacles with creative solutions, the girls are able to achieve their goals.

Independence is another theme in the book. It's important to Natalie that her mother doesn't know she's gotten a book contract for The Cheater. She wants her mother to approach it as if anyone wrote it. She still wants her mother's editorial skills; she just wants to go through the process like any other author would. Only when Natalie and Zoe run into problems that can't be tackled without the help of an adult do they get help from their teacher. The two girls are very independent throughout the story. Zoe even devises a campaign to get the book more attention to help ensure that it sells a lot of copies.

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"A School Story" is a horror story written by English author M.R. James near the turn of the twentieth century. It seems unlikely that your question is about a story that is not well-known in America and in a fairly obscure literary genre, but the theme of this ghost story is concerned with the reach of history (in the form of a Byzantine coin) and the intervention of unwelcome supernatural elements into the lives of two men and their teacher.

What seems more likely is that you're asking about the theme of The School Story, which is actually a 2001 young adult novel by Andrew Clements with illustrations by Brian Selznick. Themes in this novel explore the difficulties in getting published, as twelve-year-old Natalie discovers; it is also about finding one's own voice as an author and self-advocate as Natalie does not want help from her mother, an editor at a publishing house. The novel also touches on the value of friendship, seen between Natalie and Zoe, and how caring, invested mentors, such as Ms. Clayton, can help young people realize their potential.

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