Reviews for Adam Canfield Watch Your Back!

AudioFile Reviews 2008 February/March
In this hilarious sequel to ADAM CANFIELD OF THE SLASH, the fourth-grade reporter faces some heavy issues at Harris Elementary/Middle School. Adam is mugged for his snow-shoveling money, tackles science fair fairness, and battles a zoning commissioner. Narrator Patrick Lawlor readily transforms from smarmy school administrator and menacing media mogul to earnest, often ineffectual adults. ("Do grownups live on the same planet?") The squeaky, slightly hysterical third-grade reporter, Phoebe, butts heads with the slow-voiced, pedantic Theodore, and other middle schoolers are equally well defined. Potentially heavy-handed exposition on journalistic integrity is smoothly conveyed in interviews between Adam and a gruff-voiced war correspondent turned Mr. Mom. Musical intros add to the presentation. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 May

Gr 5-7-- The Slash , the newspaper of Harris Elementary/Middle School, and its co-editors, Adam and Jennifer, are back for more intrigue and mystery in this novel (Candlewick, 2007) by Michael Winerip. After being mugged for his snow-shoveling money, Adam becomes the inspiration for an article focusing on bullying. Adam tries to redirect his investigative skills to other issues facing not just their school, but also their town. With stories about a 300-year-old climbing tree in jeopardy of being cut down, the "un-fair" Science Fair, and a mysterious plot to flatten a poorer, African-American part of the town to make way for mini-mansions, Adam and the staff of the newspaper take on some very powerful adults to uncover deeply hidden truths. Narrator Patrick Girard Lawlor brings each character to life with subdued voicing and pacing. The tense moments between Adam, Jennifer, and the adults are realistically conveyed. A good choice for school and public libraries.--Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public, NY

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