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Michael Winerip is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist for the New York Times, he lives in Lido Beach, New York.

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Readers will be glad to find their favorite characters up to their necks in adventure in these sequels. Michael Winerip goes behind the scenes of middle-school newspaper The Slash once again in Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back! After being mugged by a group of high school bullies, Adam finds himself at the center of a media storm. (Candlewick, $15.99 256p ages 8-12 ISBN 9780-7636-2341-8; Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Gr 5-8-This worthy sequel to Adam Canfield of the Slash (Candlewick, 2005) continues the escapades of the most overprogrammed middle schooler in America. When Adam wakes to a snow day, it seems like a dream come true: sleep late and make some extra cash shoveling. But as the coeditor of the school newspaper, the Slash, he becomes both a victim and a story when five high school kids mug him. Adam and his coeditor, Jennifer, along with Phoebe, the bright but annoying third-grade cub reporter, tackle four major issues for the newspaper: bullying in schools; saving a 300-year-old tree; uncovering a science-fair scam; and exposing the most powerful family in town's intention of bulldozing the poor African-American section and building mini-mansions for the rich. Lots of subplots move the story along as quickly as Adam's rushing to the next enrichment activity. Winerip writes with lots of laugh-out-loud humor, perfectly satirizing state tests, overzealous parents, and kids who are in danger of being enriched to death. Yet in the midst of this humor, he tackles some tough ethical issues and conveys the message that the truth will win out. The author perfectly captures the middle school male in Adam, from his confusion over his budding romantic feelings for Jennifer to his desire for fairness in the science fair. Readers will eagerly await more adventures at Harris Elementary/Middle School.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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