Get Real: Girl Reporter Blows Lid Off Town

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Linda Ellerbee, an engaging and outspoken television journalist (you may have seen her on Nick News) is authoring a series of great new books targeted for the 8-12 age group.


I say "targeted" because I get the sneaking suspicion that some older teens and adults will enjoy these books too.


The first two books to come out are Get Real: Girl Reporter Blows Lid Off Town! and Get Real: Girl Reporter Sinks School!


I have to admit that most eleven year-olds aren't as dedicated as Casey Smith, the title character. She wants more than anything else to be a reporter (perhaps it's because she has a Nobel Prize winning Grandmother and world-renowned parents). When she gets to Trumbull Middle School, she's all set to conquer the world on the school newspaper. She has, in fact, already written up stories for it over the summer!


Her plans are dashed (briefly) when she discovers that there is no school newspaper...but she recovers quickly as she battles to resurrect it and become the editor. Her competition is Megan O'Connor. It's enough to say that Megan usually dresses entirely in pink. What's a girl reporter to do?


In the second book, Casey uncovers a cheating ring in the school and discovers that Megan may be involved. But will the story get reported?


Casey is truly a remarkable girl. She goes after the big stories and is never content to go the easy route or to give up. Her mouth gets her into trouble sometimes (for a "non-biased" reporter, especially) but she always manages to recover somehow.


Even at her most abrasive, you can't help but admire her plucky spirit. The author herself notes that "She doesn't sit around and wait for her life to start. Casey stirs the stew. That's my kind of girl."


That's my kind of girl too. We could all use the kind of courage Casey has.

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This book, is about a girl reporter who is fighting to keep her spot in the school newspaper is terrible. I couldn't even finish the book. It had almost no point what so ever and it was so boring. I think the author really needs to work something out in her writing. This book stunk.
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In the book Get Real Girl Reporter: Blows Lid Off Town!, one of the main protagonists, Casey Smith, a wordy eleven year-old has the qualities of a true reporter. She lives in the sleepy town of Abbington in the western Berkshires, in Massachusetts, where she feels that she is trapped in the means of her talent not being heard. Casey has just started going to Trumbell Middle School and thinks that she will have nothing to do because there is no newspaper! But Casey doesnt give up. She talks to her English teacher about bringing what is called Real News back to life and suddenly a real staff even starts to form. Just when things were going well, Casey is told that her front-page story cant be published without the facts to prove it. Knowing Casey, she wanted her story to be the best, a real thriller, so she went for the facts taking the risks of a lifetime. Her story included the Riverhead Paper and that the chemicals used to make paper were being dumped into the Sussex River! She knew that there were legal limits, but on a school fieldtrip, she suspected more than legal limits. She smelt her front-page story brewing so quickly it was overflowing with words! Although Casey is a risk taker, may bend the rules, and is the occasional liar, she always makes the front page. Her stories make the students at Trumbell Middle School realize that there is more to a newspaper than advice columns or fashion trends. She makes the newspaper less fluff as Casey calls it, and more hard-core news that kids should know. Throughout the story, Casey makes friends, partial enemies, and great stories that just an ordinary eleven year-old probably couldnt have pulled off, especially when it comes to getting those risk taking facts. In the end, Casey proves that Riverhead Paper has been polluting the Sussex River over the legal limits. Casey really and truly makes a good strong story with strong facts, words, and truth and always gets the front page.
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