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Adam Canfield Watch Your Back!

Adam Canfield Watch Your Back!

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by Michael Winerip

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As coeditor of the Slash, the Harris Elementary/Middle School paper, Adam Canfield is used to getting the story. What he’s not used to is being the story, which is just what happens after he’s mugged by some high-school students for his snow-shoveling money.

But it’s hard to keep a low profile when there’s still baritone and basketball


As coeditor of the Slash, the Harris Elementary/Middle School paper, Adam Canfield is used to getting the story. What he’s not used to is being the story, which is just what happens after he’s mugged by some high-school students for his snow-shoveling money.

But it’s hard to keep a low profile when there’s still baritone and basketball practice, a new principal to figure out, a science fair sham to uncover, a bully survey to monitor, a three-hundred-year-old tree to save, and the next issue of the Slash to take care of. It’s enough to drive a kid over the edge. Luckily, Adam’s got Jennifer, his trusty (and cute!) coeditor, to help him keep it together. But when the Slash is threatened, will they be able to get the story and keep the paper going, all without getting expelled?

Editorial Reviews

Rich Cohen
In short, the book is excellent—funny and charming, with occasional flashes of big-league beauty that are way more than its junior high school audience deserves, but let's give it to them anyway.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Adam Canfield is the co-editor of Harris Elementary/Middle School's paper, the Slash. In this sequel to Adam Canfield of the Slash, Adam is mugged for money he earned shoveling snow. The suspects are quickly apprehended and a trial is scheduled. Due to the mugging incident, Jennifer, Adam's friend and Slash's other co-editor, brings up the topic of bullies for an article; this idea immediately excites the staff but not Adam who is tackling personal problems. While keeping up on his multiple extracurricular activities, Adam works on his own news article research revealing the truth about the science fair projects. Unfortunately, he receives low marks for his science project which completely surprises him. During their research for upcoming articles in the Slash, Adam and Jennifer find some sensitive issues that they must handle, along with the threat abolish the Slash if they pursue one of the stories that they are covering. As he digs for the truth, Adam discovers that whether it is a story or a person, sometimes you have to dig deep to find the truth behind the facade.
School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
Intrepid middle-school reporter Adam Canfield and his annoyingly efficient co-editor, Jennifer, are back for another year of publishing their school newspaper, The Slash. Pulitzer Prize-winner Winerip (the New York Times) draws from his reporting expertise to set up several intriguing stories for Adam to cover, from a particularly nasty teacher to the unscrupulous woman who essentially owns his town, with some bullies thrown in. Plenty of wry humor combined with pre-adolescent angst, a too-full schedule and tricky interviews keep both Adam and readers tripping along through the narrative. Winerip throws in some sage advice from a famous reporter to keep Adam on his toes, and perhaps to interest some young readers in journalism. The comedy gives way to some nice insights into the real abilities of a mentally handicapped boy and the pride of the poor. A variety of investigations takes up Adam's time, all the while keeping readers smiling. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
Adam Canfield Series , #2
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 CDs, 8 hours
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Winerip is the author of Adam Canfield of the Slash and a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times. He says, “After I finished writing the first Adam Canfield novel, I thought, Well, that’s that. But then Adam, Jennifer, and Phoebe were still staring at me, and I could see immediately that they were not done with their work. They were hungry to report more news stories, anxious to right more wrongs, desperate to tell the truth as they saw it, dying to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. I knew that they needed to get busy doing what they do best, putting out the Slash, the world’s greatest middle-school newspaper. And so you have it, a sequel.” Michael Winerip lives in Lido Beach, New York, with his wife and four children.

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Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Desire- More than 1 year ago
I am reading the book Adam Canfield Watch Your Back by Michael Winerip. I thought the book was an every good book about how life is in a big city. The book is about a kid named Adam that like to play basketball and that also on the swim team at is school he also like to make a little money on the side so he shovels snow in the winter. He is not use to being the story in the school. There is also a lot of bullying that goes on in the school because he lives in a big city so that mean there is a big school there. He gets in some trouble through school. The main characters in the book are Adam and this girl named Jennifer that helps keep him in line. I can relate to the character Adam the most because. I could relate to this book because like to play basketball and also like to swim on the side and I also shovel snow to make money in the winter. There's also a lot of bullying that goes on in are school. I enjoy reading the book Adam Canfield Watch Your Back I thought it was an every good book to read. If I could have change the end I would have change it to him becoming a collage basketball player and grown up famous. Yes, I would recommend this book to another person that like story about sports and also like story about living in a big city were you have to watch your back about everything you do. I also would recommend it to a person that living in a big city when they were little. I felt good about the book I really enjoy the book and I thought It was I really good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five dollar foot long