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Gr 4-6-Cara Landry, entering as a new fifth-grade student in Mr. Larson's class, is quiet and unassuming. Barely noticed by classmates or her teacher, she publishes her first edition of the Landry News creating a transformation of teacher, students, and even herself. Her editorial states simply, "There is a teacher in the classroom, but he does not teach." Emerging from years of disillusionment, he begins to teach again. Journalism with all its ramifications and responsibilities are his tools. All the fifth-graders decide to help Cara publish the Landry News regularly as their class project. This gives the principal just the right tool to rid himself of Mr. Larson something he has waited for patiently. What begins as a small school conflict grows into a First Amendment Rights issue that solidifies friendships for, and love of Mr. Larson. As in Frindle (S&S, 1996), author Andrew Clements (S&S, 1999) uses an everyday classroom setting to illuminate words and their importance. Using clear and simple sentence structure, hard issues such as divorce, loyalty, and responsibility are presented with sensitivity and a lot of humor. Listeners will appreciate Cara's visit to the principal's office and her gauge, the "mad-o-meter," to assess the situation. Academic issues summarized such as newspaper analysis, the Constitution, and the First Amendment are introduced and briefly summarized. Actor Andrew McCarthy uses inflection and tone with subtle voice changes to make the fifth grade girls and boys and the stodgy principal vital and believable characters. This is an enjoyable story that also provides a great deal of information on some important and current issues.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
This was required reading for my daughter at school so had no choice. She struggled with it as it was just not a terribly exciting book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marcella
It was a pretty good book but he has some better ones. All it's about is basically a newspaper and the girl that is new writes it and everyone joins in.Published 2 months ago by Patti Kaiser
This book is about a girl named Carla landry who writes a newspaper. Andrew Clements is my favorite author. If you want to read a book. read this book.Published 7 months ago by Mick Gordinier
It was okay but if you really like a good book read lost and found by Andrew Clements because that is really goodPublished 9 months ago by L.kane