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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Adam Canfield of the Slash by Michael Winerip

Adam Canfield of the Slash
Over-stressed children
Over-scheduled children

Does that sound familiar? If you want an up-to-date story, this might be the book for you. The story takes place in a unique setting - an elementary/middle school. The elementary/middle school is just a backdrop for equality and justice. All grades learn to respect each other. Not only ages, but also gender and race are presented as examples for equality and justice. One co editor is male and the other is female.

The name of the newspaper is Slash because the principal is always editing their articles. The team of reporters do such a good job informing the community that they become heroes. It's hard for the editors, Jennifer and Adam, to find time to work on the school paper. When the students work together, they unveil new information. They also feel the responsibility.They learn some Latin, history, law and the basic tenets of journalism. That doesn't include their sports, band, and "voluntary/mandatory" classes. They literally use every minute of the day.

It is impressive what these kids get accomplished. It is also impressive that the author gets to the heart of children of so many different ages. What a class act for this author's first novel. There is something in this book for everyone, but children ages 9-12 might enjoy it the most.

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