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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Adam Canfield of the Slash
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763627941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763627942
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Just where is all the news that's fit to print? Well, it may be right at Harris Elementary/Middle School.Lawlor gives energetic voice to Adam Canfield, ace student reporter and new co-editor of the school newspaper, The Slash, as he and his colleagues uncover one of the biggest stories not only at the school, but the whole town. Questions of ethics (should they expose a potential scandal involving their principal?), the propriety of the education system, and the number of organized extracurricular activities one kid can handle, are solid undercurrents to this fresh and often-funny story. In Lawlor's capable hands, the tale takes off to entertaining heights—in addition to Adam, his characterization of third-grade cub reporter Phoebe is particularly good. Winerip, a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist for the New York Times, knows a thing or two about newsrooms and reporting, giving this recording a depth that can be appreciated by listeners of many ages. Ages 8-12. (June)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8–Winerip has tapped on his experiences reporting on education issues for the New York Times to fashion this excellent novel. Adam is the reluctant new coeditor of the Slash, his affluent suburb's "award-winning" elementary/middle school newspaper. While he has a precocious penchant for investigative reporting, he's decidedly less adept in the interpersonal arena and finds he has much to learn from his more poised partner, Jennifer, about meeting the subtler demands of the job. Among them is the matter of how to supervise Phoebe, a pesky third-grade cub reporter who, though annoyingly hyper, turns out to have a remarkably potent pen and a disturbing talent for sniffing out front-page scoops. The suspenseful central plot begins when these three journalists discover that their school's social-climbing principal–a woman who likes to try to dictate the paper's content and use it as a medium for feel-good community relations–may have misused funds from a bequest to install luxurious amenities in her office. Do they dare pursue the ugly story and risk staining their "permanent records?" This poignant tension between facing thorny truths or acquiescing to more comfortable, but nonetheless insidious, systemic falsehoods–particularly those perpetuated in education, the media, race relations, and government–is echoed in subplots throughout the story. This is a deceptively fun read that somehow manages to present kids with some of the most subtle social and ethical questions currently shaping their futures.–Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TruthNinja on April 10, 2005
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Mike Winerip may single-handedly save American journalism with this hilarious, suspenseful, deeply-satisfying story of elementary/middle school students discovering the joys -- and terrors -- of investigative reporting. Kids will adore this book and clamor for the sequel; some will be inspired to become real reporters (corrupt principals and corporate-TV toadies beware!) But it should also be irresistible to any grown-up who ever worked for a newspaper, laughed at "The Paper," or rooted for Woodward and Bernstein in "All the President's Men."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Reed on August 18, 2005
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My 13-year-old who rarely enjoys reading could hardly put this book down. This is the equivalent of a rave review! It made him more interested in reporting--and he liked it so much he's asked the whole family to read it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Ferraro on March 14, 2005
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Michael Winerip's wonderful and exciting story about a middle school-age reporter who is learning about his school, his friends, his town and himself is fun, smart, full of energy and thrills but without pretension or predicability. There are scenes that are laugh out loud funny, some hilarious characters who ring all too true, and issues about right and wrong, good and bad, that are really important. Just as good: even the bad guys have real personalities. Subtle social differences dictated by education, money, race and personal history unfold at an unforced pace. Among other things, readers will understand, reading "Adam Canfiled of the Slash," just why it is that a free press, when it is free, is so exciting, why it can make a great a positive difference in society, and why a true democracy needs it. Even better, readers will see that even kids can make a difference. Fortunately, Winerip never lets his large themes overwhelm or distract from his story, which is fun, engrossing and very satisfying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By love to read on April 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
We had a long car trip planned so I picked up an audio tape of this book for the journey. Our 3 kids--13, 11, and 9--loved it. And my husband and I wouldn't let them listen unless we were there too. The kids laughed and got a sense of what it was to be a journalist. My husband and I (both involved in our local elementary/middle schools) loved the sub plot on testing in the modern era. Excellent for boys and girls and quite a range of ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Gross on July 8, 2005
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I bought Adam Canfield of the Slash with the intention of reading it myself and then passing it on to my two teenage sons. Before I could get started, my 16-year-old grabbed it. When he looked very tired the next day, I asked him about the book. He told me that he stayed up most of the night in order to finish the whole book because he wanted to know what was going to happen at the end. He found it funny, interesting, irreverent and suspenseful.

My husband picked it up next. He doesn't usually read books written for kids, but he found this one had a great deal to offer adults. He especially liked the efficacious way the political and race relation themes ran throughout the book.

When my husband finished the book I finally got my chance with Adam Canfield. I throughly enjoyed it. There were times when I laughed out loud. There were parts of the book that helped me remember what it was like to be a kid. I was amazed that the author, a "grown-up" man, could write so well about what is actually going on in the minds of his young characters.

Finally, my 13 year-old son got to read it. He also loved it. He is the one in our family who is closest to Adam Canfield's age. The book felt very real to him. He told us that he thought that everything that happened in the book could actually happen to him and his friends in real life.

If you (or anyone in your family) want to read a funny, fabulous, insightful book about school age kids, who happen to be hard-working investigative reporters, then you should order this book today. You will not be dissapointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on April 9, 2008
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Adam Canfield of the Slash, by Michael Winerip shows the true meaning of guts. In the story, Adam Canfield, the co-editor of the Slash, (the school's newspaper), has a hard time finding stories to issue in the newspaper but little does he know that there is a mammoth story waiting to be revealed right there at Harris Elementary Middle School. Mrs. Marris, the school principal, takes money that was supposed to be donated to the school, and uses it to purchase gold plumbing in her bunker lavatory. Adam jumps all over the story but takes an immense risk that his permanent record will be scared for ever if he publishes the story in the paper. Adam has a poised sidekick named Jennifer who is an amazing student, and also extraordinarily intelligent. They have to put up with third grade club reporter Phoebe who won't stay out of their faces. Even though very annoying, and hyper, Phoebe has a very intoxicating pen, and a very keen sense of sniffing out front page stories. After a sequence of events happen Adam, Jennifer, and Phoebe realize the theme of this book, which is that if you work hard, and put a bunch of meaning into something, than it will be all worth it in the long shot.

This realistic fiction story seems like a nerdy book about a school newspaper but it's not. The Slash is a very fascinating newspaper that all of you would love to read. One of the stories is about a wooden cow that was stolen, and then about a year later some teenagers returned it! The character Adam is a very creative kid who wants to do only good for the world, but there is one thing that just makes him go crazy. His huge schedule. Adam has to balance school, the Slash, and his extracurricular activities. Jennifer is an extremely smart student, and knows a lot about pleasing people.
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