The Last Reporter

The Slash is slashed! Can Adam Canfield save his newspaper?

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter
By Michael Winerip
Pub. Date: October 13, 2009
Candlewick Press, 384pp Age Range: 8 to 12

The third book in a trilogy, Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter by Michael Winerip is an awesome book. It features middle school reporter Adam Canfield as a gladiator quiz bowler and jazz band member who is also co-editor of the school’s newspaper, the SLASH.

Lately SLASH reporters have been following some hot leads like phony school elections and suspicious state test scores. These stories would be what any newspaper would dream of covering, but the SLASH reporters have a major problem: their school stopped printing the newspaper!

After exposing the most powerful family in Tremble County, the Bolands, for trying to tear down all the basketball courts to build "Boland Estates," the school is now afraid to keep publishing the paper. Adam’s principal is afraid the Bolands will shut down the school. To make matters worse for Adam, his co-editor Jennifer is starting to act weird.

In a desperate attempt to raise enough money to print the next issue of the SLASH, Adam seeks help from two goofy brothers, Don and Alan Ameche. The brothers have helped start several businesses and they have a talent for fixing junk for their mom to sell at the Busy Bee fleea market. When Adam and Jennifer hire them they realize the brothers are lacking journalistic ethics.

Can Adam save the SLASH without jeopardizing his credibility? Will the Bolands take over the school? You will have to read the book to find out.

Author Michael Winerip is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a reporter/columnist for The The New York Times. He is the author of the previous two Adam Canfield books: Adam Canfield of the Slash and Adam Canfield Watch Your Back. He lives in Lido Beach, New York.


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