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Michael Winerip. Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter
Candlewick Press $20.00 ISBN 978-0-7636-2342-5 376 pg. 
Reviewed by An-Mei, Age 12

Adam had become so good at avoiding Jennifer, he’d forgotten how to find her. She wasn’t in any of her old places in the hallway between classes or in the cafeteria during lunch, and he felt a pang of ... well ... He didn’t want to dwell on it, but serious missingness. And not just because he was dying to tell her about nailing the Stub Keenan story.

Adam and Jennifer are middle school students, best friends, and coeditors of the Slash, a school paper. They have one enormous problem: they did a story on the Bolands, a rich and powerful family, and the Bolands had the school board shut the Slash down. Now they must raise $1000 to print the Slash by themselves.

This book is an amazing blend of humour and kid-friendly reality. I love that after reading just this one book you can feel for the characters and almost know them as you know your own friend. I found that the ending was predictable, but the ride to the end was good. The book had some parts in it that I think would make anyone laugh.

Michael Winerip is a reporter and writer for the New York Times, and has been for 25 years. He lives in Lido Beach, New York. He is the author of two other books, Adam Canfield of the Slash, and Adam Canfield, Watch your Back. Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter is suitable of anyone ages 8 to 13 years old.

All together I give Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter three and one-half stars.



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