Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Sam is an ambitious reporter on her middle school newspaper, hoping to someday become the editor. She then wants to go on to become a journalist for her career, like her mom. Her dad is a cop.
One night, when she is At the Movies with her dad, she accidentally finds a bomb hidden in the movie theater. She stumbles upon it when she makes a trip to the ladies’ room.
Now she has the inside scoop on a story, one that looks to be really big and really important. Her school newspaper publishes news not only about the school and the students in it, but also about things that happen in the community. Sam wants to write a lead story about the bomb for the school newspaper. She gets assigned the story, but the school editor doesn’t like her and looks for ways to take the story away from her. Her dad doesn’t want her working on the story since he is assigned to the case and he thinks it’s a conflict of interest. Her mother stays neutral on the subject, but she always encourages her daughter to pursue her dreams and do the right thing.
Sam can’t resist the temptation of writing a really juicy story. Although she tries to stay within the parameters of both the legal and moral issues, she finds herself in a tough spot when she crosses over the line.
What I Like: Author Robin Caroll has written a compelling story that illustrates the close ties between what’s legal and what’s moral. That’s an issue many people deal with on a daily basis. I think she does a good job of making the story believable for middle school kids.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: Middle school readers.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2014; ISBN: 9780310742456; Paperback, 272 pages, $8.99.
Special Info: This book is part of the publisher’s FaithGirlz series. Read our reviews of other books in the series. Visit the author’s website.