Natalie is making a story called the Cheater just for fun until her best friend Zoe reads a chapter and tells Natalie that she should publish it. The Cheater is about a girl and a boy and the girl got the boy in trouble, so the boy ends up forgiving her for that, and they become very good friends.
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Zoe and Natalie ask an English teacher at their school if she could help Natalie publish her book. With many rough drafts and edits, Natalie finally says that she is ready to publish it. It passes, and Natalie (writing as Cassandra Day), surprises her mom.
The School Story is a book about a young girl named Natalie who wants to pursue a career as a writer, but she feels that no one would listen to her if they found out how young she really is. Natalie goes under the pseudonym of Cassandra Day and she sends her book to a publishing company. To speed the process up, she "cheats" by handing a yellow manilla envelope with the story inside to her mom, who is an editor, and says that it was recommended that she read this right away. Her mom tells her that it is a wonderful book. This book eventually gets published with the help of her seventh grade English teacher.