ADAM CANFIELD OF THE SLASH by Michael Winerip

ADAM CANFIELD OF THE SLASH

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Intrepid elementary/middle-school newspaper reporters uncover scandals in this quick-moving, suspenseful and well-written comedy by an intrepid Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist. Overachiever Adam Canfield regrets agreeing to be co-editor of the school paper, but he has a crush on Jennifer, his fellow editor and he’s committed to hard-hitting, courageous journalism. When a third-grade girl reporter shows as much spunk as him, he resents her, but follows up a story she’s uncovered. He and Jennifer learn that their evil school principal is misusing school funds. Along the way, the kids deal with journalistic ethics and rely on solid reporting methods that may inspire some young readers toward journalism. Winerip’s humor relies on campy, stereotyped villains and seems long at over 300 pages, but that’s fine. The comedy scores and the writing zips along with real suspense, making this a fun, fast read. It’s an excellent effort for Winerip’s debut that should delight middle-school readers. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2340-7
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2005




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