Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Winerip, Michael
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2005.
IL 3-6, RL 5.7
ISBN 0763623407

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Are any of you on the school newspaper?  Do you dream of getting that scoop on a juicy story before anyone else?  Well, Adam Canfield is the co-editor on his middle school newspaper.  He really didn't want the job but he has a major crush on Jennifer who is -- you guessed it -- the other co-editor.  When another student uncovers some dirt about the school principal, he has to try to figure out how to publish it without anyone losing their jobs or the kids getting expelled.  It seems that the principal is misusing school funds.  What would you do?

Booktalk #2

Late for math club, late for jazz band, late for soccer — Adam Canfield has to be the most overprogrammed middle-school student in America. So when super-organized Jennifer coaxes him to be coeditor of the Slash — Harris Elementary/Middle School's student newspaper — he wonders if he's made a big mistake. Not only do editors get stuck with assigning stories (like an investigative report on the edibility of cafeteria food), but they also have to deal with annoying third graders like Phoebe, always pushing for a front-page slot. But when Phoebe's article on Eddie the janitor leads to a much bigger scoop — an eccentric woman's mysterious gift to the school — Adam and Jennifer rise to the challenge, risking their principal's wrath to uncover some shocking secrets.  (Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award 2008)

SUBJECTS:     Newspapers -- Fiction.
                        Journalists -- Fiction.
                        Fraud -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction
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