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Oh, Snap! (Cruisers Series #4)

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Walter Dean Myers's Cruisers series keeps going strong!

The Cruisers are in trouble -- again. The freedom of expression they've enjoyed by publishing their own school newspaper, THE CRUISER, has spread all the way to England, where kids from a school "across the pond" are now contributors to their own school's most talked-about publication. When photos start to go alongside the articles written by kids, things get suspicious. Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, Bobbi -- and a bunch of ...

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Overview


Walter Dean Myers's Cruisers series keeps going strong!

The Cruisers are in trouble -- again. The freedom of expression they've enjoyed by publishing their own school newspaper, THE CRUISER, has spread all the way to England, where kids from a school "across the pond" are now contributors to their own school's most talked-about publication. When photos start to go alongside the articles written by kids, things get suspicious. Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, Bobbi -- and a bunch of students from Harlem's DaVinci Academy and London's Phoenix School -- come to learn that words and pictures in a newspaper don't always tell the whole story.

With his signature on-point pacing and whip-smart characters, award-winning author Walter Dean Myers delivers another awesome book about the Cruisers, a group of middle-school misfits who are becoming the coolest kids in the city.

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PRAISE FOR CRUISERS:

* "Fleet pacing, spot-on voice, good characters, great dialogue, smart ideas, and an unusual story that can maneuver whip-quick from light to heavy and back again." -- Booklist, starred review

"Readers will look forward to further tales of these kids as they navigate the high seas of middle school life." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Thought-provoking . . ." -- Publishers Weekly

"The Cruisers are a thoughtful, mouthy bunch . . . watch them set off metaphorical fireworks . . ." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature - Maria Lamattina
Oh, Snap! represents the fourth installment in Walter Dean Myers’s “Cruisers” series. This engaging example of realistic fiction chronicles the adventures of a group of bright, endearing, middle school kids (The Cruisers) living in Harlem. Zander, the narrator and apparent center of the group, learns that the Cruisers’ paper (the unofficial paper of Da Vinci Academy for the Gifted and Talented), has just earned third place on the School Journalism Association’s list of best school newspapers. Although this achievement certainly gladdens the Cruisers, it rankles the editor of the school’s official paper and sets her on a course of attacks aimed at her competition. What follows is a delightful view of the day-to-day lives of middle school students, albeit exceptionally intelligent and mature ones. The author’s gifts as a storyteller for young people are in full evidence in this entertaining book. As the plot unfolds, the reader learns much about how young people view the actions of adults. The story is also punctuated by examples of various characters’ writing, set apart as much by changes in fonts as by page breaks. The book is more than just entertaining; it also shares lessons about friendship, about believing in oneself and others, and about valuing and recognizing the various talents different people bring to situations. Readers of Oh, Snap! will likely enjoy the antics of the Cruisers and seek out the rest of the books in the series. Reviewer: Maria Lamattina; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
The fourth installment of the Cruisers series finds Zander Scott and friends unwittingly involved in an international investigation. Zander, Bobbi, LaShonda and Kambui are middle school students at Harlem's Da Vinci Academy for the Gifted and Talented. Their alternative newspaper, The Cruiser, came in third on the School Journalism Association's list of best school newspapers. Good for them, not so good for Ashley Schmidt, editor of Da Vinci's official newspaper, The Palette, which received no recognition. "I'm going to bury you and your stupid newspaper!" hisses Ashley, who's planning on a monthly reprinting of 200 words from the British newspaper the Guardian to borrow a bit of glory. Zander decides to do the same and somehow thinks it's a good idea to tell the folks at London's Phoenix School about the pictures Kambui took that place their "Genius Gangsta" friend Phat Tony at the mall when a robbery occurred there. Tony denies being at the mall, and the Cruisers haven't told anyone else about the pictures, so the British school contacts Scotland Yard, and now Zander and company may be in big trouble. As with the previous three installments, this sparkles with intelligent dialogue and clever banter, all while advancing a story in which Zander ponders journalism, academics, girls, and even the Fibonacci sequence and the grand design of the universe. Myers once again offers a story of smart kids living out their middle school days as Cruisers "on the high seas of life." (Fiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439916295
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Series: Cruisers Series , #4
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 969,613
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Book Awards, and three National Book Award Finalist citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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