||Extra! Extra! Middle-school reporters stand up to authority to expose a school scandal in this funny, inspiring story set behind the scenes at a student newspaper.Late for math club, late for jazz band, late for soccer - Adam Canfield has to be the most overprogrammed middle-school student in America. So when super-organized Jennifer coaxes him to be coeditor of THE SLASH - Harris Elementary/Middle School's student newspaper - he wonders if he's made a big mistake. Not only do editors get stuck with assigning stories (like an investigative report on the edibility of cafeteria food), but they also have to deal with annoying third graders like Phoebe, always pushing for a front-page slot. But when Phoebe's article on Eddie the janitor leads to a much bigger scoop - an eccentric woman's mysterious gift to the school - Adam and Jennifer rise to the challenge, risking their principal's wrath to uncover some shocking secrets. Along with a charming cast of characters and plenty of kid-friendly humor, NEW YORK TIMES education columnist Michael Winerip sneaks in some lessons about truth and cover-ups, personal integrity, and the rush that comes from breaking a really great story.
||Wealthy and sheltered, suburban middle schoolers Adam and Jennifer enter the complex world of adults as local politics, corruption, and prejudice collide when the two investigate a story for their school paper, the Slash. As coeditors, Adam, so overwhelmed by activities that his daily to-do list is two feet long, and Jennifer, always organized and obsessively editorial, are in charge of a bevy of young reporters. Phoebe, a smart, plucky third grader, is determined to get a story of her own, and unwittingly leads them straight into scandal with her innocent piece about Eddie the janitor. Fast-paced and humorous, this coming-of-age story is sure to inspire blossoming reporters.
||"All right," Jennifer was saying. "Ideas, ideas, and ideas. For the October issue. First issue of the new school year."