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Adam Canfield Watch Your Back!by Michael Winerip
For overprogrammed middle-grader Adam Canfield, waking up to a snow day is a dream come true - a chance to sleep late, put off planning the next issue of THE SLASH, and make some quick cash with his shovel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when some high-school kids mug Adam for his shoveling money. Then not only does the media blast the embarrassing story, but Adam's own co-editors plan a contest outing bullies at their school. In a second look behind the scenes at a middleschool newspaper, Michael Winerip deftly blends kid-friendly humor with some provocative issues, including the subtle effects of class and racism and the thrill that comes from speaking truth to power.
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Gr 5-7- The Slash , the newspaper of Harris Elementary/Middle School, and its co-editors, Adam and Jennifer, are back for more intrigue and mystery in this novel (Candlewick, 2007) by Michael Winerip. After being mugged for his snow-shoveling money, Adam becomes the inspiration for an article focusing on bullying. Adam tries to redirect his investigative skills to other issues facing not just their school, but also their town. With stories about a 300-year-old climbing tree in jeopardy of being cut down, the "un-fair" Science Fair, and a mysterious plot to flatten a poorer, African-American part of the town to make way for mini-mansions, Adam and the staff of the newspaper take on some very powerful adults to uncover deeply hidden truths. Narrator Patrick Girard Lawlor brings each character to life with subdued voicing and pacing. The tense moments between Adam, Jennifer, and the adults are realistically conveyed. A good choice for school and public libraries.-Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public, NY
Meet the Author
Michael Winerip is the author of ADAM CANFIELD OF THE SLASH. A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist for the NEW YORK TIMES, he lives in Lido Beach, New York.
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