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When Karl Reed, Owner of Oasis Developments, tries to force the sale of a local fruit farm--through whatever means necessary--Pema, Bounce and Jagroop decide to expose him through the media. Little do they realize that when it comes to the news and the advertisers who make it possible, the truth is not always part of the story and nothing can be taken at face value. While ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Orca Book Publishers (first published 2009)
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Marc Lucke
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Although the frequent infodumps lend this story a distinctly pedantic quality, I still liked it a lot and would recommend it to any parent, educator or young readers who's interested in issues surrounding the media.

A racially diverse cast of boys and girls solve a Scooby-style mystery while learning about corporate ownership of traditional newsmedia, the influence of advertisers and the possibilities offered by new, accesible forms of digital mass communication. There's a lot to love here, so th

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Brandy
Bounce and Pema are taking one last bike ride through the woods before winter when the trail abruptly ends in a construction site: Oasis Developers is building yet another subdivision, and this new one isn't enough for them. Representatives have been bullying Bounce's friend's family into selling their beloved farm, and they won't take no for an answer, even if it means violence. Pema's sister is working as an intern with the TV news, so she could help get the story out--except that Viamix, Oasi ...more
Kellee
I love Liam O'Donnell's series - it is so unique and I love how he so seamlessly switches between his narrative and information that is needed to understand the book. And so much much information is squeezed into this easy to read book. Throughout the book, you learn about scripts, deforestation, wind turbines/energy, media literacy, advertising, TV careers, extortion, bias, internet, hook, media consolidation, video editing, ad creeps, propaganda, social media and research. Very rarely did it f ...more
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