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ISBN-13: 9780689828683
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 54,630
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

Zoe Kazan's film and television credits include Revolutionary Road, August, In the Valley of Elah, The Savages, Fracture, and Medium. On Broadway she has been seen in Come Back, Little Sheba, and Off-Broadway in Things We Want, 100 Saints You Should Know, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

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Chapter One


NEW KID GETS OLD TEACHER
"Cara Louise, I am talking to you!"

Cara Landry didn't answer her mom. She was busy.

She sat at the gray folding table in the kitchenette, a heap of torn paper scraps in front of her. Using a roll of clear tape, Cara was putting the pieces back together. Little by little, they fell into place on a fresh sheet of paper about eighteen inches wide. The top part was already taking shape -- a row of neat block letters, carefully drawn to look like newspaper type.

"Cara, honey, you promised you wouldn't start that again. Didn't you learn one little thing from the last time?"

Cara's mom was talking about what had happened at the school Cara had attended for most of fourth grade, just after her dad had left. There had been some problems.

"Don't worry, Mom," Cara said absentmindedly, absorbed in her task.

Cara Landry had only lived in Carlton for six months. From the day she moved to town, during April of fourth grade, everyone had completely ignored her. She had been easy for the other kids to ignore. Just another brainy, quiet girl, the kind who always turns in assignments on time, always aces test. She dressed in a brown plaid skirt and a clean white blouse every day, dependable as the tile pattern on the classroom floor. Average height, skinny arms and legs, white socks, black shoes. Her light brown hair was always pulled back into a thin ponytail, and her pale blue eyes hardly ever connected with anyone else's. As far as the other kids were concerned, Cara was there, but just barely.

All that changed in one afternoon soon after Cara started fifth grade.

It was like any other Friday for Cara at Denton Elementary School. Math first thing in the morning, then science and gym, lunch and health, and finally, reading, language arts, and social studies in Mr. Larson's room.

Mr. Larson was the kind of teacher parents write letters to the principal about, letters like:


Dear Dr. Barnes:

We know our child is only in second grade this year, but please be sure that he [or she] is NOT put into Mr. Larson's class for fifth grade.

Our lawyer tells us that we have the right to make our educational choices known to the principal and that you are not allowed to tell anyone we have written you this letter.

So in closing, we again urge you to take steps to see that our son [or daughter] is not put into Mr. Larson's classroom.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. and Mrs. Everybody-who-lives-in-Carlton

Still,someone had to be in Mr. Larson's class; and if your mom was always too tired to join the PTA or a volunteer group, and if you mostly hung out at the library by yourself or sat around your apartment reading and doing homework, it was possible to live in Carlton for half a year and not know that Mr. Larson was a lousy teacher. And if your mom didn't know enough to write a letter to the principal, you were pretty much guaranteed to get Mr. Larson.

Mr. Larson said he believed in the open classroom. At parents' night every September, Mr. Larson explained that children learn best when they learn things on their own.

This was not a new idea. This idea about learning was being used successfully by practically every teacher in America.

But Mr. Larson used it in his own special way. Almost every day, he would get the class started on a story or a worksheet or a word list or some reading and then go to his desk, pour some coffee from his big red thermos, open up his newspaper, and sit.

Over the years, Mr. Larson had taught himself how to ignore the chaos that erupted in his classroom every day. Unless there was the sound of breaking glass, screams, or splintering furniture, Mr. Larson didn't even look up. If other teachers or the principal complained about the noise, he would ask a student to shut the door, and then go back to reading his newspaper.

Even though Mr. Larson had not done much day-to-day teaching for a number of years, quite a bit of learning happened in room 145 anyway. The room itself had a lot to do with that. Room 145 was like a giant educational glacier, with layer upon layer of accumulated materials. Mr. Larson read constantly, and every magazine he had subscribed to or purchased during the past twenty years had ended up in his classroom. Time, Good Housekeeping, U.S. News & World Report, Smithsonian, Cricket, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Boys' Life, Organic Gardening, The New Yorker, Life, Highlights, Fine Woodworking, Reader's Digest, Popular Mechanics, and dozens of others. Heaps of them filled the shelves and cluttered the corners. Newspapers, too, were stacked in front of the windows; recent ones were piled next to Mr. Larson's chair. This stack was almost level with his desktop, and it made a convenient place to rest his coffee cup.

Each square inch of wall space and a good portion of the ceiling were covered with maps, old report covers, newspaper clippings, diagrammed sentences, cartoons, Halloween decorations, a cursive handwriting chart, quotations from the Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence, and the complete Bill of Rights -- a dizzying assortment of historical, grammatical, and literary information.

The bulletin boards were like huge paper time warps -- shaggy, colorful collages. Whenever Mr. Larson happened to find an article or a poster or an illustration that looked interesting, he would staple it up, and he always invited the kids to do the same. But for the past eight or ten years, Mr. Larson had not bothered to take down the old papers -- he just wallpapered over them with the new ones. Every few months -- especially when it was hot and humid -- the weight of the built-up paper would become too much for the staples, and a slow avalanche of clippings would lean forward and whisper to the floor. When that happened, a student repair committee would grab some staplers from the supply cabinet, and the room would shake as they pounded flat pieces of history back onto the wall.

Freestanding racks of books were scattered all around room 145. There were racks loaded with mysteries, Newbery winners, historical fiction, biographies, and short stories. There were racks of almanacs, nature books, world records books, old encyclopedias, and dictionaries. There was even a rack of well-worn picture books for those days when fifth-graders felt like looking back at the books they grew up on.

The reading corner was jammed with pillows and was sheltered by half of an old cardboard geodesic dome. The dome had won first prize at a school fair about fifteen years ago. Each triangle of the dome had been painted blue or yellow or green and was designed by kids to teach something -- like the flags of African nations or the presidents of the United States or the last ten Indianapolis-500 winners -- dozens and dozens of different minilessons. The dome was missing half its top and looked a little like an igloo after a week of warm weather. Still, every class period there would be a scramble to see which small group of friends would take possession of the dome.

The principal didn't approve of Mr. Larson's room one bit. It gave him the creeps. Dr. Barnes like things to be spotless and orderly like his own office -- a place for everything, and everything in its place. Occasionally he threatened to make Mr. Larson change rooms -- but there was really no other room he could move to. Besides, room 145 was on the lower level of the school in the back corner. It was the room that was the farthest away from the office, and Dr. Barnes couldn't bear the thought of Mr. Larson being one inch closer to him.

Even though it was chaotic and cluttered, Mr. Larson's class suited Cara Landry just fine. She was able to tune out the noise, and she liked being left alone for the last two hours of every day. She would always get to class early and pull a desk and chair over to the back corner by some low bookcases. then she would pull the large map tripod up behind her chair. She would spread out her books and papers on the bookshelf to her right, and she would tack her plastic pencil case on the bulletin board to her left. It was a small private space, like her own little office, where Cara could just sit and read, think, and write.

Then, on the first Friday afternoon in October, Cara took what she'd been working on and without saying anything to anybody, she used four thumbtacks and stuck it onto the overloaded bulletin board at the back of Mr. Larson's room. It was Denton Elementary School's first edition of The Landry News.

Copyright © 1999 by Andrew Clements.

Reading Group Guide

Discussion Topics
Before Cara came to Denton Elementary School, she wrote a newspaper in her old school. What motivated her to start that newspaper? What was its tone?
"Truth is good," Cara's mother says. "But when you are publishing all that truth, just be sure there's some mercy, too." What does she mean by that? Do you agree that mercy is as important as truth?
Over the years, Mr. Larson became a lazy and sloppy teacher, and students became bored and restless in his classroom. How was the class's atmosphere good for Cara? Would it be good for you?
Mr. Larson was stung by Cara's first editorial, but The Landry News ended up reviving his love of teaching. How?
The Landry News starts small, but soon the whole school is reading it. How did Cara's duties change as the newspaper grew? What were the advantages of having a larger readership? What were the risks?
Mr. Larson's students know very little about his life outside of school. How much do you know about your teachers? What do you imagine they do on their own time? Do you believe they have different in-school and out-of-school personalities?
Why was the principal so upset by the "Lost and Found" article in The Landry News? Would you be?
"Some people are newsmakers," observes Cara, "and some aren't." Who are the newsmakers in your school or neighborhood? What makes them so interesting to others?
Activities and Research
Produce your own classroom or neighborhood newspaper inspired by The Landry News.
Newspaper stories begin with a headline and so does each chapter in The Landry News. Choose several of your favorite chapters and write an alternate headline for each. Come up with headlines to describe specific days in your own life.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is very short, and yet its meaning has long been the subject of heated debate. Read it for yourself. Research recent controversies over the freedom of the press. Perhaps your local newspaper or television station has been involved in First Amendment disputes.
Invite a local journalist to come speak about the profession. What are the satisfactions of the job? What are the frustrations? What skills does the job require? How do you learn them?
Cara discovers that there can be a big difference in the way newspapers and television cover the same story. Make your own comparisons. Track a single story through several news media. Which medium do you think is the most informative? Which is the most interesting?
Attend a meeting of your local school board. Who are the members? How are they selected? What are the important educational issues in your community?
Read the editorials in your local newspaper. Are they as well written and as clear as Cara's? Do you agree with them?

Introduction

Discussion Topics

Before Cara came to Denton Elementary School, she wrote a newspaper in her old school. What motivated her to start that newspaper? What was its tone?

"Truth is good," Cara's mother says. "But when you are publishing all that truth, just be sure there's some mercy, too." What does she mean by that? Do you agree that mercy is as important as truth?

Over the years, Mr. Larson became a lazy and sloppy teacher, and students became bored and restless in his classroom. How was the class's atmosphere good for Cara? Would it be good for you?

Mr. Larson was stung by Cara's first editorial, but The Landry News ended up reviving his love of teaching. How?

The Landry News starts small, but soon the whole school is reading it. How did Cara's duties change as the newspaper grew? What were the advantages of having a larger readership? What were the risks?

Mr. Larson's students know very little about his life outside of school. How much do you know about your teachers? What do you imagine they do on their own time? Do you believe they have different in-school and out-of-school personalities?

Why was the principal so upset by the "Lost and Found" article in The Landry News? Would you be?

"Some people are newsmakers," observes Cara, "and some aren't." Who are the newsmakers in your school or neighborhood? What makes them so interesting to others?

Activities and Research

Produce your own classroom or neighborhood newspaper inspired by The Landry News.

Newspaper stories begin with a headline and so does each chapter in The Landry News. Choose several of your favorite chapters and write an alternateheadline for each. Come up with headlines to describe specific days in your own life.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is very short, and yet its meaning has long been the subject of heated debate. Read it for yourself. Research recent controversies over the freedom of the press. Perhaps your local newspaper or television station has been involved in First Amendment disputes.

Invite a local journalist to come speak about the profession. What are the satisfactions of the job? What are the frustrations? What skills does the job require? How do you learn them?

Cara discovers that there can be a big difference in the way newspapers and television cover the same story. Make your own comparisons. Track a single story through several news media. Which medium do you think is the most informative? Which is the most interesting?

Attend a meeting of your local school board. Who are the members? How are they selected? What are the important educational issues in your community?

Read the editorials in your local newspaper. Are they as well written and as clear as Cara's? Do you agree with them?

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school and at first i thought it would be a dud but yhen i started reading it and i found out that this is a very good book! I now love andrew clements! I really think u should read it and i think u will really enjoy it! What r u waiting for? Go read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in 5th grade and i just love this book it is the best get it
Guest More than 1 year ago
the best book i've ever read it inspiered me to write my own newwspaper
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl who writes a newspaper. Her teacher hates the first edition. He ripped it up. She didn't care so she kept writing the newspaper anyway. I thought it was a very good book. It was intresting because it was about a newspaper and divorce. It had very intresting words in it. These words were new to me. I would recommend reading this book because it's vocabulary is good and wide. If you want to know the rest of the book read it yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Landry New is about a little girl who writes a newspaper.There are alot of problems in this book.There's one about the principal who doesn't like the newspapers, and ther's one about her teacher that won't teach and other stuff too. I think this book is very emotional.For example,a boy writes a paper about his life. It's about his parents getting a divorced.This is one of the sad part in the story.The girl that writes the newspaper has the same problem. I liked this book and I reccomend it to my friends and everybody else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the charming story of Cara Landry and her newspaper! This author did a marvelous job of writing this book. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a great book to read.
mg09 on LibraryThing 20 days ago
A girl named Cara is going to a new school, Denton Elementary school, she is really excited! When she goes to her classroom all the teacher is doing is sitting there drinking his cofee while reading the newspaper. Cara is getting sick of it! Is cara going to just sit there and watch the teacher sit there and read, or will she do something about it?
weeksie50 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
A fifth-grader starts a newspaper with an editorial that prompts her burnt-out classroom teacher to really begin teaching again, but he is later threatened with disciplinary action as a result.This book could be used when discussing freedom of speech and also on reporting correct information.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
A 5th grader writes editorials in her own newspaper and gets in trouble.
lcherylc on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Fifth grader Cara Landry, the editor of "Landry News", the school newspaper, writes an editorial article on her lackluster teacher which threatens to end his teaching career. More problems arise when the school principal gets involved and wants to shut down "Landry News." I'd highly recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders. This touches on complicated subjects like divorce and First Amendment Rights and makes them palatable for students.
jgbyers on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is a funny story about the student teacher relationship. Cara Landry reaches a breakthrough in healing from her parents divorce. Along the way she opens up to her fellow students and gives them a voice as their school newspaper is the subject of freedom of speech struggles. Cara and Mr. Larson inspire each other thanks to the power of truth and mercy together. Mr. Larson and the Bill of Rights win a victory and I cheered for them both. The victory comes through gentleness, vision, and mercy
tjtist11 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is a funny tale of student to teacher influence. Cara Landry reaches a breakthrough in healing from her parents divorce. Along the way she opens up to her fellow students and gives them a voice as their school newspaper is the subject of freedom of speech struggles. Cara and Mr. Larson inspire each other thanks to the power of truth and mercy together. Mr. Larson and the Bill of Rights win a victory and I cheered for them both. The victory comes through gentleness, vision, and mercy.
Runa on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I have really fond memories attached to this (and other Andrew Clements) books. I first read this one in a 4th grade book club, and absolutely fell in love with Clements' ability to create realistic characters just dealing with school situations, something kids will definitely be able to relate to, since school is pretty much where they spend most of their lives. There's humor everywhere making your way through this book. It also introduces, through simple characters and their interactions and activities in the classroom, a much bigger, more sophisticated and complicated concept: censorship in print publications. Not only does the story toy with the day-to-day goings on of a classroom environment, it touches on issues like divorce and classroom politics. One of the things that I really like, as someone who is on track to become a teacher, is the demystification of a teacher's life, telling the students, hey, you know what? Your teacher's not this huge scary power figure at the front of the classroom, he/she's a human being, just like you. It's very cool to see the evolution and growth of one girl's creativity alongside the evolution and growth of her teacher. It's incredibly obvious that Andrew Clements taught, and I'm going to say that's what gave this novel its realism and appeal to such a wide audience.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Read many years ago but forgot to add until now!
elainevbernal on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Cara Landry is a fifth grader who just launched "The Landry News" in her language arts class by posting a highly critical editorial of her teacher, Mr. Larson - who after being burned out after decades of teaching and personal issues, simply reads his daily newspaper and lets the children do what they wish, and is notorious for not assigning homework for the entire year. Cara is also known for her scathing critical writing - having been jaded by her parents' divorce in the last year. In any case, Cara's article is a wake up call to Mr. Larson, who becomes motivated to challenge his class to publish a real school newspaper. The newspaper becomes a hit among students, until the principal, Dr. Barnes, gets hold of an issue featuring a student's own account of what he experienced when his parents divorced. Citing the article as highly inappropriate, Dr. Barnes uses the publication as an excuse to get Mr. Larson terminated as he had been attempting to do so for years. What unfolds is the greatest teaching moment Mr. Landry's language arts class has ever had.Although the book may not seem to reflect the reality of most elementary school children - with budget cuts and impacted curricula, what elementary school has the resources to publicize a school newspaper these days? However, with divorce rates being reported as low as 60% and as high as 75% just in California, "The Landry News" effectively illuminates divorce's mental and emotional impact on children, and the unique, range of ways children cope - from anger, to sadness, and acceptance. The Landry News is an essential read for ages 9-12, and teaches a great lesson on coping in the face of personal challenges. The book can also be used as a valuable tool in teaching First Amendment rights.
Mia_Catapang on LibraryThing 22 days ago
catchy and entertaining, I love it.:)
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He is a great author!!
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It was alwsome
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Great for kids
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Aspenpaw gave birth to 10 kits....one was killed.....
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