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Sideways Stories From Wayside School What's Up With the Title?

By Louis Sachar

What's Up With the Title?

Sideways Stories from Wayside School. It's a mouthful, isn't it? And check out all of those similar sounds—it could almost be a tongue twister. One thing's clear from the title, though: this book is about turning things sideways… or maybe backwards… and occasionally upside down. Did you notice that Wayside is Sideways spelled in reverse? (Okay, minus an s.) This is a clue that the book we're about to crack open is playful and doesn't take itself too seriously.

As for what a sideways story is, however, we're still trying to figure that one out.