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<b>From the Editor's Desk<br /> A Question of Fairness</b> <br /> There has been no teaching so far this year in Mr. Larson's classroom. There has been learning, but there has been no teaching. There is a teacher in the classroom, but he does not teach. <br /> Cara Landry is a budding journalist. When she posts a scathing editorial about her burned-out teacher on the bulletin board one afternoon, everything changes. Prodded into action for the first time in years, Mr. Larson challenges his fifth-grade students to create a real newspaper. Soon <i>The Landry News</i> gets more attention than either Cara or her teacher bargained for, as the principal uses the paper to try to get Mr. Larson fired. While the whole town is swept up in a dramatic debate over <i>The Landry News</i> and the First Amendment, Mr. Larson uses the controversy as raw material for some of the finest teaching of his career. And Cara and her classmates learn the importance of tempering a newspaper's truth with mercy. But will their lessons cost Mr. Larson his job? <br /> Written by the author of the immensely popular <i>Frindle, </i> this is a compelling new novel about the collision of a student in need of a teacher with a teacher in need of inspiration

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From the Editor's Desk
A Question of Fairness

There has been no teaching so far this year in Mr. Larson's classroom. There has been learning, but there has been no teaching. There is a teacher in the classroom, but he does not teach.
Cara Landry is a budding journalist. When she posts a scathing editorial about her burned-out teacher on the bulletin board one afternoon, everything changes. Prodded into action for the first time in years, Mr. Larson challenges his fifth-grade students to create a real newspaper. Soon The Landry News gets more attention than either Cara or her teacher bargained for, as the principal uses the paper to try to get Mr. Larson fired. While the whole town is swept up in a dramatic debate over The Landry News and the First Amendment, Mr. Larson uses the controversy as raw material for some of the finest teaching of his career. And Cara and her classmates learn the importance of tempering a newspaper's truth with mercy. But will their lessons cost Mr. Larson his job?
Written by the author of the immensely popular Frindle, this is a compelling new novel about the collision of a student in need of a teacher with a teacher in need of inspirationFrom the Editor's Desk
A Question of Fairness

There has been no teaching so far this year in Mr. Larson's classroom. There has been learning, but there has been no teaching. There is a teacher in the classroom, but he does not teach.
Cara Landry is a budding journalist. When she posts a scathing editorial about her burned-out teacher on the bulletin board one afternoon, everything changes. Prodded into action for the first time in years, Mr. Larson challenges his fifth-grade students to create a real newspaper. Soon The Landry News gets more attention than either Cara or her teacher bargained for, as the principal uses the paper to try to get Mr. Larson fired. While the whole town is swept up in a dramatic debate over The Landry News and the First Amendment, Mr. Larson uses the controversy as raw material for some of the finest teaching of his career. And Cara and her classmates learn the importance of tempering a newspaper's truth with mercy. But will their lessons cost Mr. Larson his job?
Written by the author of the immensely popular Frindle, this is a compelling new novel about the collision of a student in need of a teacher with a teacher in need of inspiration.

Specifications

Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
128
Author
Andrew Clements
ISBN-13
9780689818172
Publication Date
May, 1999
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.50 x 0.60 Inches
ISBN-10
0689818173

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I have really fond mem...
I have really fond memories attached to this (and other Andrew Clements) books. I first read this one in a 4th grade book club, and absolutely fell in love with Clements' ability to create realistic characters just dealing with school situations, something kids will definitely be able to relate to, since school is pretty much where they spend most of their lives. There's humor everywhere making your way through this book. It also introduces, through simple characters and their interactions and activities in the classroom, a much bigger, more sophisticated and complicated concept: censorship in print publications. Not only does the story toy with the day-to-day goings on of a classroom environment, it touches on issues like divorce and classroom politics. One of the things that I really like, as someone who is on track to become a teacher, is the demystification of a teacher's life, telling the students, hey, you know what? Your teacher's not this huge scary power figure at the front of the classroom, he/she's a human being, just like you. It's very cool to see the evolution and growth of one girl's creativity alongside the evolution and growth of her teacher. It's incredibly obvious that Andrew Clements taught, and I'm going to say that's what gave this novel its realism and appeal to such a wide audience.
Most helpful negative review
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It was on a list of su...
It was on a list of summer reading for my fourth-grade daughter. Plus, I used to write an "underground" newspaper, so I couldn't pass this up. But it reads like it was meant to be used for curriculum. It reeks of "written to be taught", not because the author had something to say or a good story in mind. I deduce this because it's padded badly. The beginning doesn't match the ending-it switches themes partway through. After about a third of the way, it stops being about the student-published newspaper and becomes about the "evil principal" trying to "get" the teacher. And then the news story he hides behind is reprinted word for word in the book. And it has nothing to do with either idea. Its content is about a kid's divorce. It has nothing to do with the themes of the main plot. I don't know what its meant for. I think it's trying to cover different themes at once so there's plenty for the class to discuss. The inciting incident is also too implausible - I cannot believe that at teacher would sit at his desk for eight hours a day, reading the paper, while the kids futz in the classroom semi-supervised and not being taught. From 7AM to 3PM. Teachers have been fired for less, tenure or not. It's so instructive I expected there to be a study guide in the back. Just skip this one.
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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
I have really fond mem...
I have really fond memories attached to this (and other Andrew Clements) books. I first read this one in a 4th grade book club, and absolutely fell in love with Clements' ability to create realistic characters just dealing with school situations, something kids will definitely be able to relate to, since school is pretty much where they spend most of their lives. There's humor everywhere making your way through this book. It also introduces, through simple characters and their interactions and activities in the classroom, a much bigger, more sophisticated and complicated concept: censorship in print publications. Not only does the story toy with the day-to-day goings on of a classroom environment, it touches on issues like divorce and classroom politics. One of the things that I really like, as someone who is on track to become a teacher, is the demystification of a teacher's life, telling the students, hey, you know what? Your teacher's not this huge scary power figure at the front of the classroom, he/she's a human being, just like you. It's very cool to see the evolution and growth of one girl's creativity alongside the evolution and growth of her teacher. It's incredibly obvious that Andrew Clements taught, and I'm going to say that's what gave this novel its realism and appeal to such a wide audience.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
It was on a list of su...
It was on a list of summer reading for my fourth-grade daughter. Plus, I used to write an "underground" newspaper, so I couldn't pass this up. But it reads like it was meant to be used for curriculum. It reeks of "written to be taught", not because the author had something to say or a good story in mind. I deduce this because it's padded badly. The beginning doesn't match the ending-it switches themes partway through. After about a third of the way, it stops being about the student-published newspaper and becomes about the "evil principal" trying to "get" the teacher. And then the news story he hides behind is reprinted word for word in the book. And it has nothing to do with either idea. Its content is about a kid's divorce. It has nothing to do with the themes of the main plot. I don't know what its meant for. I think it's trying to cover different themes at once so there's plenty for the class to discuss. The inciting incident is also too implausible - I cannot believe that at teacher would sit at his desk for eight hours a day, reading the paper, while the kids futz in the classroom semi-supervised and not being taught. From 7AM to 3PM. Teachers have been fired for less, tenure or not. It's so instructive I expected there to be a study guide in the back. Just skip this one.
I have really fond memories attached to this (and other Andrew Clements) books. I first read this one in a 4th grade book club, and absolutely fell in love with Clements' ability to create realistic characters just dealing with school situations, something kids will definitely be able to relate to, since school is pretty much where they spend most of their lives. There's humor everywhere making your way through this book. It also introduces, through simple characters and their interactions and activities in the classroom, a much bigger, more sophisticated and complicated concept: censorship in print publications. Not only does the story toy with the day-to-day goings on of a classroom environment, it touches on issues like divorce and classroom politics. One of the things that I really like, as someone who is on track to become a teacher, is the demystification of a teacher's life, telling the students, hey, you know what? Your teacher's not this huge scary power figure at the front of the classroom, he/she's a human being, just like you. It's very cool to see the evolution and growth of one girl's creativity alongside the evolution and growth of her teacher. It's incredibly obvious that Andrew Clements taught, and I'm going to say that's what gave this novel its realism and appeal to such a wide audience.
It was on a list of summer reading for my fourth-grade daughter. Plus, I used to write an "underground" newspaper, so I couldn't pass this up. But it reads like it was meant to be used for curriculum. It reeks of "written to be taught", not because the author had something to say or a good story in mind. I deduce this because it's padded badly. The beginning doesn't match the ending-it switches themes partway through. After about a third of the way, it stops being about the student-published newspaper and becomes about the "evil principal" trying to "get" the teacher. And then the news story he hides behind is reprinted word for word in the book. And it has nothing to do with either idea. Its content is about a kid's divorce. It has nothing to do with the themes of the main plot. I don't know what its meant for. I think it's trying to cover different themes at once so there's plenty for the class to discuss. The inciting incident is also too implausible - I cannot believe that at teacher would sit at his desk for eight hours a day, reading the paper, while the kids futz in the classroom semi-supervised and not being taught. From 7AM to 3PM. Teachers have been fired for less, tenure or not. It's so instructive I expected there to be a study guide in the back. Just skip this one.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I have really fond mem...

I have really fond memories attached to this (and other Andrew Clements) books. I first read this one in a 4th grade book club, and absolutely fell in love with Clements' ability to create realistic characters just dealing with school situations, something kids will definitely be able to relate to, since school is pretty much where they spend most of their lives. There's humor everywhere making your way through this book. It also introduces, through simple characters and their interactions and activities in the classroom, a much bigger, more sophisticated and complicated concept: censorship in print publications. Not only does the story toy with the day-to-day goings on of a classroom environment, it touches on issues like divorce and classroom politics. One of the things that I really like, as someone who is on track to become a teacher, is the demystification of a teacher's life, telling the students, hey, you know what? Your teacher's not this huge scary power figure at the front of the classroom, he/she's a human being, just like you. It's very cool to see the evolution and growth of one girl's creativity alongside the evolution and growth of her teacher. It's incredibly obvious that Andrew Clements taught, and I'm going to say that's what gave this novel its realism and appeal to such a wide audience.

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This is a funny tale o...

This is a funny tale of student to teacher influence. Cara Landry reaches a breakthrough in healing from her parents divorce. Along the way she opens up to her fellow students and gives them a voice as their school newspaper is the subject of freedom of speech struggles. Cara and Mr. Larson inspire each other thanks to the power of truth and mercy together. Mr. Larson and the Bill of Rights win a victory and I cheered for them both. The victory comes through gentleness, vision, and mercy.

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Fifth grader Cara Land...

Fifth grader Cara Landry, the editor of "Landry News", the school newspaper, writes an editorial article on her lackluster teacher which threatens to end his teaching career. More problems arise when the school principal gets involved and wants to shut down "Landry News." I'd highly recommend this book to 4th and 5th graders. This touches on complicated subjects like divorce and First Amendment Rights and makes them palatable for students.

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Summary: A fifth grad...

Summary: A fifth grader, Cara, has recently moved and is now attending Denton Elementary School. Upon arriving at school and getting familiar with her new surroundings, she realizes that her teacher, Mr. Larson, is not the typical teacher. He rarely assigns homework, allows the students to do as they please, and reads the daily newspaper. Cara decides to get creative and begans to write a school newspaper. In doing so, her hopes is to get Mr. Larson's attention. No only did she get Mr. Larson's attention, but she got the attention of the school principal, Dr. Barnes, as well. More students began to get involved in the writing of the paper and things began to fall back on Mr. Larson. Since Dr. Barnes has been waiting for the right opportunity to get Mr. Larson terminated, he saw this as the chance of a life time. Happy ending........... Personal Reaction: I enjoyed this book. I liked the way that Cara was concerned about her teacher, as well as the class and decided to take a stand to help everyone involv ed. This is an example how even though someone may not have intentions of hurting anyone, someone else can look at it differently and use it against either that individual or someone else....... in this case, someone else, Mr. Larwon. Even though this story is fiction, it is a good example of freedom of the press. We all have a right to it, we just need to use it for the right reason.......to Help not to Harm. Extensions: 1) I would use this as an opportunity to encourage the students to respect self, others, and the persoanl property and resources of the school or a place of empoloyment. I will open up discussions allowing the students to share ways that we show respect. 2) I would incorporate this book into a lesson about the 1st Amendment, Freedom of the Press (Speech) 3) This would be a good opportunity to have discussions on divorce with the students and bring a professional in that can help answer some of the students questions or concerns.

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Can one person affect ...

Can one person affect change? In The Landry News, Cara Landry, a fifth grade student does. Cara starts a new school and notices that rather than teach, her teacher, Mr. Larson, sits behind a newspaper. Cara decides to expose the problem by publishing The Landry News. She exposes the fact that her teacher doesn't teach. As a result of her editorial, Mr. Larson decides that if he wants to change his job he needs to make changes. He was a good teacher once and Cara helps him rediscover his passion for teaching. This is a charming story that would fit in any elementary social studies class. It will lead to discussions of the first amendment, freedom of speech and freedom of the press.


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