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Adam Canfield of the Slash
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"Between laughs, readers will be prompted to think — about what constitutes truth, how the media massages it, and the importance of ethics, fairness, and getting the facts right." —...
"Between laughs, readers will be prompted to think — about what constitutes truth, how the media massages it, and the importance of ethics, fairness, and getting the facts right." —...
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  • "Between laughs, readers will be prompted to think — about what constitutes truth, how the media massages it, and the importance of ethics, fairness, and getting the facts right." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Adam Canfield has to be the most overprogrammed middle-school student in America. So when super-organized Jennifer coaxes him to be coeditor of their school newspaper, THE SLASH, he wonders if he's made a big mistake. But when a third-grader's article leads to a big scoop, Adam and his fellow junior journalists rise to the challenge of receiving their principal's wrath to uncover some scandalous secrets. From a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist comes a funny, inspiring debut that sneaks in some lessons on personal integrity — and captures the rush that's connected to the breaking of a really great story.

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  • Michael Winerip has spent more than thirty years as a reporter. He's covered just about everything out there, from a smile contest in Louisville, Kentucky, to a gold plumbing scandal that forced the resignation of a top school official in Miami, Florida. Armed with a collection of colorful stories and a distinct opinion regarding today's educational system (he works as an education columnist for the New York Times), Michael Winerip's debut book for young adults, Adam Canfield of the Slash, is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud story. This book was followed by two others: Adam Canfield: Watch Your Back and Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter. Readers who follow Adam and his fellow investigative SLASH reporters at Harris Elementary/Middle School,will experience the excitement of breaking the big story along with the characters.

    Quietly and almost without notice, Michael Winerip weaves his strong ideas on education into many of the pages of the Adam Canfield books. "I've seen overprogrammed children at every school I visit across this country in my job as a New York Times national education columnist." Adam's hectic schedule is a clear example of the lifestyle the author wishes weren't common among today's youth. "I can't believe how much harder kids are pushed today than when I was a kid," he notes. Michael Winerip also believes in nurturing a love for reading. "Part of the joy of reading is starting at the front cover and when you finally get to the back cover, closing that book and putting it away with a feeling of accomplishment and a tinge of sadness; the good ones always end too soon." He crafted his books to promote such a joy, but with a thoughtful bent, too. "Adam Canfield of the Slash is meant to be a fun read," Michael Winerip says. "But at the same time it's filled with all kinds of tough ethical problems that kids and adults try to puzzle through daily."

    It is with a great appreciation for the nature of children that Michael Winerip penned his first novel for young readers. "Kids are becoming. They're more intellectually interesting." He adds, "As a reporter, I've learned there are only two groups of people who will tell you the truth. One is the elderly . . . the other is kids. They don't have that defensive shell. They'll either tell you the truth or be blatantly dishonest, which is good."

    With the Adam Canfield books, Michael Winerip achieves what he set out to accomplish: "I hope a young reader will see that you don't have to fly away to a faraway kingdom or ride on a magic train to find battles of epic proportion."

    Michael Winerip lives in New York with his four children and his wife.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 18, 2005
    Winerip (9
    Highland Road
    , for adults) delivers a terrific crash course in Journalism 101 within this acerbic satire featuring a junior Woodward and Bernstein. Adam, "the most overprogrammed middle school student in America," and Jennifer, who keeps her many balls in the air with more ease, have been named co-editors of the Slash
    . This award-winning Harris Elementary/Middle newspaper was named either for the diagonal line in the school's name or, according to a former editor, for villainous Principal Marris's tendency to " anything interesting out of every article." The team's tenure begins with a pesky but smart third-grade reporter's glowing profile of the unsung hero of a school janitor—which inadvertently reveals some shady dealings afoot, linked to the principal's gold-plated bathroom fixtures. Adam and Jennifer work to get the goods on Marris, and create enough outrage to overturn a law with fine print banning basketball hoops from front yards. Through his characters, Pulitzer prize–winning journalist Winerip makes a statement about standardized tests, onerous zoning regulations and mergers that land all local media in the hands of one "telecommunications magnate." Fans of Carl Hiaasen's Hoot
    will find the same cynical humor at work here, as well as villains just as baldly caricatured. Between laughs, readers will also be prompted to think—about what constitutes truth, how the media massages it, and the importance of ethics, fairness and getting the facts right. Ages 8-12.

  • DOGO Books dxterminater - AMAZING BOOK. Winerp does excellent.
  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2005
    Gr 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"

    Copyright 2005 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    May 1, 2005
    Gr. 4-7. Cub reporters hungry for a byline; editors fending off the intrusions of a powerful publisher: just another gritty newsroom drama, right? Sort of. With other media outlets in town run by an unethical tycoon, Harris Elementary/Middle School's student monthly the" Slash "is the last bastion of journalistic integrity. So it's up to scrappy Adam and his coeditor Jennifer to expose injustice, whether in city hall or the suspiciously spiffy renovation of the school principal's office. Alongside the Bernstein and Woodward-style investigative reporting, Winerip, an education columnist for the" New York Times," satirizes both standardized testing and the relentless rounds of activities that put Adam on the verge of getting "enriched to death." Kids may miss some of the satire, particularly in episodes involving ineffectual bureaucracy and precocious small fry engaging in sophisticated newsroom banter. But the characters' conviction that "truth is a mighty precious commodity" may inspire readers, as they are ensnared in the thrilling quest for the big scoop.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2005, American Library Association.)

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