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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (616 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Bloor Narrator: Julie Dretzin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN:
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George and Kate enter Whittaker Magnet School via the Leave No High-Scoring Child Behind program. They quickly learn that all Whittaker students do is practice taking tests. Higher scores bring more students, and more tax money! And as if Whittaker isn't strange enough, there may be a demon roaming the halls.

Acclaimed author Edward Bloor's Story Time is a darkly hilarious spoof on modern education. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/29/2014

    " I had high expectations, as this is the author of my favorite YA book "Tangerine". I enjoyed the first 2/3, it was zany and cool. The rest seemed to spiral out of control. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 1/19/2014

    " 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 devil, or someone traveling in time through a demon, or just a haunting- I couldn't keep it straight, and by the end I was just glad the book was over. Darn! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teen | 1/1/2014

    " Strange story about a strange school with unrealistic demands on the students, who persevere anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/31/2013

    " Having a gifted child myself, I was intrigued by the premise. This story was not at all how I expected it to be, but it was still entertaining. The antagonists were a bit over the top, but it was still a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HG | 12/19/2013

    " The beginning was tedious but it got better. Good mix of horror and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Fox | 11/13/2013

    " I enjoyed it. Wonderful satire of schools and pressure to perform test-taking, schools of excellence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 AM | 10/29/2013

    " I didn't really like this one. I guess it was well written and it wasn't a story I'd encountered before. But it just didn't speak to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/19/2013

    " Bloor manages to point out everything that is wrong with test based curriculu, while not missing any of the necessary things in a good ghost story - love, redemption, and mysterious activities - and Pogo, who only speaks in nursery rhymes, is a bonus character! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 10/11/2013

    " Eh. A few funny moments, but overall it fell flat for me. Blurbs promised a scathing commentary on standardized testing, but I found it rather ham-fisted, and the characters were cliche and two-dimensional. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/16/2013

    " This book was kind of creepy. I guess the little devil on the cover should have given it away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa | 8/28/2013

    " This wasn't as subtle and well-crafted as Tangerine insofar as characters and plot were concerned, but it was still enjoyable to read. The flippancy of narration reminded me of Series of Unfortunate Events, in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Lane | 8/13/2013

    " wow i read part of it and then like gave up... i hate reading. bit the part i did read wwaz awesome... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 7/12/2013

    " A really good book! it was creepy and weird at times but overall it was pretty good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carriebcook | 6/20/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/17/2012

    " Silly story I read to my students! Talks about a completely different school setting where the students are in the most structured setting I've ever heard about - and the school is supposedly cursed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 7/5/2011

    " George and Kate are attending the Whitaker Magnet School. It uses Test Based Curriculum, TBC, to teach the students. Lots of funny bits, but overall it's very much on focus about Standardized Testing. TBC = BAD. A demon who lives in a few very old books gets loose. Lots of weird librarians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 5/18/2011

    " I will definitely read another Edward Bloor book. This held my attention through all 9 CDs and in parts I laughed out loud. Very enjoyable--I especially liked the way the author worked the paranormal aspect into the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/12/2011

    " Fantastic YA novel about redemption, faith and the ever present bildungsroman genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 2/26/2011

    " A book about things that matter, with a time travel twist. Mid-grade. Worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/12/2011

    " Best book I have ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 10/29/2010

    " This is a really fun read. A bit religious, but a really good read aloud for fifth grade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 7/13/2010

    " This book was very interesting. I wasn't quite sure how to classify it, a bit of time travel/ghosts thrown in for good measure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 6/18/2010

    " Interesting enough, but lacking spark. One of those books that illustrates how difficult putting together a novel must be, but while this one it good, it shows that it's not easy. It lacks subtlety. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 6/4/2010

    " A very interesting time travel book with an attack upon social elitism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 4/8/2010

    " This was an incredibly touching book of a boy who time travels to London during the Blitz, and in so doing changes his life and that of his father. I loved the writing, the characters, and the history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newport YA Librarians | 4/8/2010

    " Can a World War II radio that Martin Conway's grandmother left him when she died really be luring the teenager back in time to war-torn 1940's London? And why? "

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About the Author
Author Edward Bloor

Edward Bloor is the author of the celebrated novel Tangerine, which was an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, a Horn Book Fanfare Selection, and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book.

About the Narrator

Julie Dretzin is an actress, who has appeared in Breaking Bad and several motion pictures, including the film adaptation of Alex Flinn’s Beastly.