Reviews for Adam Canfield the Last Reporter
AudioFile Reviews 2010 February
After the school board bows to pressure from an influential family and shuts down the "Slash," the Harris Elementary/Middle School's newspaper, coeditors Adam and Jennifer decide to publish it themselves. Patrick Lawlor gives a straightforward reading of this third Adam Canfield book. Winerip peppers his narrative with dialogue attributions, and Lawlor's tendency to emphasize these is annoying. Furthermore, the characters do not sound youthful. The most convincing voices are those of Phoebe, a third-grader who promotes her "Dear Phoebe" advice column in a squeaky, enthusiastic voice, and the entrepreneurial Ameche brothers, who have creative ideas for funding the paper but questionable journalistic ethics. The pacing conveys the thrill of tracking down news stories, and the humor of the novel comes across well. C.R.A. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
School Library Journal Reviews 2010 January
Gr 6-9-Adam Canfield is back and so is the staff of his school newspaper, The Slash, previously eliminated by the school board for causing trouble (especially for the town's most powerful family). Now Adam and his co-editor must find a way to raise money to keep the paper going. The Ameche brothers, twins with some pretty unorthodox ways of generating income, are Adam's first choice. Nothing is quite what it seems, including Adam's relationship with Jennifer, which leaves him confused. Also, the "safe" story he was planning to write about the improved test scores of the student population ends up being another expose. There are some interesting discussions about journalistic ethics and the responsibility of reporters and political candidates (the school election is another sub plot). Narrator Patrick Lawlor gives each character in Michael Winerip's novel (Candlewick, 2009) a slightly different voice, accentuating their personalities. He is masterful at capturing the tone in Phoebe's voice that makes her so annoying and Adam's inner thoughts as he struggles to find out how he feels about Jennifer. He matches the fast pace of the action, and provides an understated delivery of some of the most hilarious lines. A brief interview of the author by his daughter is informative.-Edith Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.