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Children's LiteraturePublishing a neighborhood newspaper will count as three books on their summer reading list, so Wally's older brothers rope him into helping them with their project. And if this is not annoying enough, his brothers figure there's so much work, they'll have to ask the Mallory girls to go in with them. This is just what Wally needs--a summer working with those annoying neighbors, especially weird Caroline, an aspiring actress whose news stories are always a little off the mark. But there might be a scoop; the owner of the bookstore has promised Wally that he will be the first to know about the odd scratching sounds coming from underneath the bookstore floor. Will the scoop be in time for the final edition of their Hatford Herald? This latest episode in the always contentious lives of the Hatford boys and the Mallory girls is a quick and entertaining read for both boys and girls. 2006, Delacorte Press/Random House, Ages 8 to 12.
—Anita Barnes Lowen