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 Cruisers : oh, snap! (Cruisers)
 Author: Myers, Walter Dean

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2013)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 120 p.,  20 cm.

 BTSB No: 665884 ISBN: 9780439916295
 Ages: 9-13 Grades: 4-8

 Subjects:
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 Newspapers -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

Summary:
The Cruisers are in trouble--again. Their freedom of expression spreads to a school in England. When photos start to go alongside the articles written by kids at both schools, things get suspicious and they learn that words and pictures in a newspaper don't always tell the whole story.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 159652

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/13)
   Booklist (05/15/13)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/15/2013 The Cruisers is a popular middle-grade series, and the fourth volume does not disappoint. This time our four budding urban journalists are psyched that their underground publication, The Cruiser, was named the third-best school newspaper in the city, an honor that doesn’t sit well with the official school newspaper, which ups its game. This pushes narrator Zander to hastily get involved with the case of Phat Tony, a wannabe rapper classmate who may be involved in a robbery at the local mall. Zander and the gang don’t want to rat anyone out—who knows if Phat Tony is really the gangsta he pretends to be?—but if they don’t fess up, they could be considered accessories to a crime. Myers proves once again that he is a master of writing smart, realistic kids without ever depicting them as preternaturally wise or philosophical. The plot is optimistic but not tidy, and snippets from both school newspapers illustrate good examples of civil discourse. This is one series with a lot of juice left in it. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Anything the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature writes is big business, but this series is quickly becoming his flagship. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

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