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5.0 out of 5 stars One for the whole family to enjoy, April 25, 2010
This review is from: The Last Newspaper Boy in America (Hardcover)
It has been a good long time since I've read a novel that I loved as much as I love this one. When you look at everything that makes a good book; things such as plot, character development, pacing, this book just delivers on everything. Will is a very likeable protagonist who does battle against carny crooks and big business to make sure that everyone remembers that just because you're small doesn't mean you don't count. His story is inspirational, his family is sometimes hilarious and the message here is an important one during our tough economic times. The characters are so endearing and believable that I just did not want this story to end. This is a great read for families. If you do family read alouds, this is a perfect choice.

This book takes me back to summers when I was a child when we didn't have cable, every kid wasn't scheduled into every activity, and if you wanted to go somewhere you rode your bike. I'm glad there are still places like that and that there are still families like the David family (at least I hope so). If you want to share a nostalgic slice of what small town midwestern life was like when you were young and still read a contemporary novel with great characters that will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings, share this book with every kid you know. It's an especially good choice for boys in 4th to 7th grade, younger if you read aloud.
A HUGE RECOMMEND for just about anybody.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Nostalgic!, March 15, 2010
This review is from: The Last Newspaper Boy in America (Hardcover)
Wil David wants to turn twelve and inherit the newspaper route from his older brother Sonny. It's a rite of passage, after all, that's been passed down for generations. But before that happens, The Cooper County Caller cancels his route because the town of Steele, where Wil lives, isn't large enough. Wil (nicknamed Wil of Steele) fights to save his job and maybe, just maybe, he can save something more.

Sue Corbett has written a delightfully funny novel about a small town and family inhabited by believably quirky personalities. THE LAST NEWSPAPER BOY IN AMERICA also left me nostalgic for simpler days - when the carnival coming to town is big news-- and places, where everyone knows and is more accepting of everyone else.
-- Reviewed by Michelle Delisle
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Wholesome message, June 15, 2012
Hurrah for a good wholesome story for young kids to read. The story is of a resourceful family in the small town of Steele. Riding their bikes as a means of transportation. sitting on the porch of an elderly neighbor, going to the Fair all portrays a wonderful life that has been long gone.

Resourceful Wil is determined to keep the town's newspaper delivery intact and to find out the mystery of why no one can win the Cover the Spot game at the Fair. Yes the story starts out slowly, but what a delightful message to all young people. Just think, Wil gives up his dream to own a laptop computer all to save the town's one and only factory building. Our children always assume that the computer is at their disposal and not to put themselves out for others.

Excellent message - suggested for larger church libraries too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lessons without preaching, May 24, 2012
This review is from: The Last Newspaper Boy in America (Hardcover)
Apart from agreeing with every positive thing said, this book is near perfect when it comes to offering good examples and strong moral lessons for the reader. Wil's deep-seated love and loyalty for his family and hometown are admirable in a time when most real people two or three times his age only think of their own self-interest. Add to it that, when faced with an overwhelming problem, he responds with positive, productive actions -- speaking out thoughtfully and intelligently through a written letter, being willing to do hard work (both mental and physical), planning his strategy instead of just acting on impulse, giving sacrificially from his own resources... it goes on and on. And all these wonderful examples and lessons are threaded masterfully into the natural course of the story and the character. I'm reading through this book now with my son at bedtime and it's offering up some great discussion opportunities. (We're only halfway through, but I had to read ahead to find out how things come out... another mark of a great story!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As the Newbery Winner! Excellent for all ages!, February 22, 2010
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If you are looking for a book to read, whether you are 12 or 92, The Last Newspaper Boy in America is my pick. The main character, Wil of Steele, and his family will become your friends and stay with you long after you have read the last page and closed the cover. This is a book I would read a second and third time. We live in an age where people are marginalized into commodoties and are sacrificed for the bottom line. So many people today can relate to a family struggling because someone lost a job. But putting aside any lessons that may come from this story-- what wins here is the emotional relationships, the strong characters and the mystery to be solved. It keeps you turning the pages. Also, you might become hungry while reading because some of the characters are such good cooks. I highly recommend this book. If your child can't read yet, read it to them a chapter a night. THIS IS GREAT STORYTELLING! I read this the same week as I read the 2010 Newbery winner, and this book should've won too, and if you like this one, Ms. Corbett has two other middle grade novels, 12 Again and Free Baseball, that you would enjoy.The Last Newspaper Boy in America
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winning paper tale, October 21, 2009
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This review is from: The Last Newspaper Boy in America (Hardcover)
Wil has been hurling newspapers with bullseye-on-the-front-porch accuracy since he was 3, but he had to wait until he was 12 to take over the paper route handed down through his family. But the morning of his birthday, he finds out that the newspaper is stopping home delivery to the depressed town of Steele. A mix of realistic fiction, quirky characters, adventure and heartfelt humor make this paper tale a winner for me, and I particularly like the chapter titles (Steel Boy Inks Outraged Message to Publisher; Psychic Forecasts Struggle for Last Newspaper Boy in America) written in headline style. Recommended for upper elementary and early middle school readers, as well as to families and teachers for read aloud. It would be a lot of fun to build classroom newspaper activities around this book. But most of all, The Last Newspaper Boy in America is just a heck of a lot of fun to read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children, September 28, 2009
This review is from: The Last Newspaper Boy in America (Hardcover)
Just one more day and Wil David would turn twelve, finally old enough to take over the newspaper delivery route from his older brother (and before him his older brother, and their father, and their grandfather, and even their great grandfather). He had dreamed about that day for so long, the day he could finally start earning enough money to buy his own laptop computer. Wil was understandably devastated when the circulation manager called their house to say that The Cooper County Caller would end home delivery to their small town, Steele.

Further digging yielded an explanation: the company that owned the newspaper decided that Steele had become unprofitable and unappealing to advertisers, who wanted the paper to circulate in high quality routes with large markets for their products. The population in Steele was starting to dwindle in size and in purchasing power, especially since the main source of employment, the hairpin factory, had closed. Refusing to accept this justification, Wil embarked on a mission to save his job as newspaper boy, and also to provide residents in Steele with continued delivery of the news and information to which they were entitled. Little did he realize that this undertaking would become enmeshed with an undercover sting operation involving a carnival swindler, a large amount of money, and a ferocious dog named Jake.

This meticulously-written novel gets two thumbs up, particularly for the well-developed characters and the rich infusion of economics lessons from start to finish. The town's economic slump and growing unemployment, Wil's desire to save up for a laptop, and the economic history behind the development and the closure of the hairpin factory are all skillfully woven into an interesting storyline that will grab the attention of middle grade readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness, January 17, 2013
My friend recommended this book to me from the battle of the books list. I thin it is a really good look into the past and the story shows that little towns can do big things!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice story, July 7, 2010
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This story is basically a good one. The moral is good and the overall twists make it an ok read.
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