Chicago sophomore Luisa Perez generally avoids school activities. Then she is asked to anonymously cover the school’s efforts in the citywide literacy fund-raising challenge for the school paper. Though initially reluctant, Luisa becomes columnist “Newshound,” and soon two competitions are on: one between the boys and girls to raise money; the other between Luisa and her anonymous male counterpart, “Scoop,” to get the story. As the columns become more provocative, tackling gender and relationship issues, Luisa determines to uncover Scoop’s identity. Her discovery may not surprise all readers, but even those who saw what was ahead will appreciate Luisa’s hard-won insights, particularly those about looking beyond appearances. Luisa’s descriptive first-person narrative provides compelling reading as she and the supporting characters experience struggles and achievements, at school, at work, at home, and in romance. The interspersed, dueling columns are snappy and edgy, and they empower Luisa and her friends to examine priorities in relationships, learning, and life. This enjoyable, thought-provoking battle of the sexes highlights literacy’s importance and the power of the written word to hurt, heal, and inspire. Grades 9-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld
About the Author
Longtime friends Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout met as teens. Together they have also writtenTotally Me: The Teenage Girl's Survival Guide
, as well as a number of popular YA novels, includingThe Black Sheep
,Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Diva in Training,
andNow Starring Vivien Leigh Reid: Diva in Training
. Both authors live in Toronto, Canada.