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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  5,517 ratings  ·  279 reviews
NEW STUDENT GETS OLD TEACHERThe bad news is that Cara Landry is the new kid at Denton Elementary School. The worse news is that her teacher, Mr. Larson, would rather read the paper and drink coffee than teach his students anything. So Cara decides to give Mr. Larson something else to read -- her own newspaper, "The Landry News."

Before she knows it, the whole fifth-grade cl...more
Hardcover, 138 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Perfection Learning (first published May 1st 1999)
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Soccerplayah07
Cara seems headed for trouble with her teacher, Mr. Larson, when she prints an editorial criticizing his teaching. But instead Cara and Mr. Larson find themselves joined in the fight of their lives against the principal and the school board. Once Mr. Larson was a great teacher. Now he is burned out, and spends his class periods hiding behind a newspaper while his students do as they please.

Cara Landry is new in school. She expresses her anger over her parents' divorce by creating a viciously ac...more
JACLYN☻☺☻☺☻☺☻☺☻♥♥♥
Cara Landry is a new kid at Denton Elementary School.Her fifth grade teacher is none other than, Mr. Larson, who reads newspapers instead of teacher the kids. He believes that the children learn best when they learn by themselves and he believes in having an opened classroom. Cara doesn't mind having an opened classroom but what she does mind is having a teacher that doesn't teach. Cara always had loved to write her own little newspaper. So she wrote a classroom newspaper, which she hung on the...more
Chris
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Beth
Cara shook her head. "No, that's the new plaque. I'm talking about the old one, way back in the corner of the case. The teachers and the PTA have been giving that award for over twenty-five years. And about fifteen years ago, guess whose name got carved on that plaque?"

"Him?" asked LeeAnn...

Cara nodded. "Yup. Mr. Karl Larson - Teacher of the Year, three years in the row." Cara heaved her knapsack up onto one shoulder. As she headed for the door she looked back at the three kids starting after he
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Jerry
A Quickie Review

An excellent portrayal of what freedom of the press should be. With a likable heroine, plenty of charm, touching moments, and even a quotation from the Bible, this is one of the best juvenile chapter books I've read in a while.
Peter Besbeas
This book is about a 5th grader named Cara Landry. Cara writes a newspaper that is called the Landry news. Cara writes about her teacher Mr. Larson in the newspaper (Mr. Larson used to be an amazing teacher but was slipping). After Mr. Larson reads the Landry news he realizes he has been slipping and returns to his older better methods of teaching. After some time Cara’s class contributes to the newspaper (as a class project). One day Cara allows a student to submit his story about his parents d...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Another wonderful school story from Clements. I just love how the grownups are real people, too. No cardboard characters, no cliched interactions, no forced drama, just brave kids taking a common school experience to the next level because they're smart enough, and passionate enough, to follow through.
Louis C.

I finished the book "The Landry News" by Andrew Clements. The Landry News is a fun chapter book. It is one of my favorite books that I have read. For that reason I would give it a 8 out of 10 because it is a really funny story.

Of the Andrew Clements novels I have read so far, this is the best he has written. Andrew Clements has written several books like another favorite one of mine, Frindle, The Report Card, The School Story, Lunch Money, and tons more books too.


Cara Landry writes newspap...more
Kimber Carnahan
In this book by Andrew Clements, the main character Cara is a student that could be best described as a wallflower. Other students at her new school don't seem to notice her because she blends in so well, which is something she doesn't mind. In the first chapter, Cara has been placed in a history classroom of a teacher that doesn't teach. This provides her with an opportunity to write a newspaper about things that interest her - the same newspaper that got her into trouble at her old school.
As a...more
Luke
This was my first Andrew Clements book that I've read, and I intend to read more after this. The story is in an elementary school setting in the Indiana/Chicago area and a new student needs to find a way to fit in. She was a trouble student in her 4th grade year, but for very unique reasons. She starts a newspaper (Landry News) and it stirs up some controversy. Almost every student has, at one point or another, a terrible teacher. Sometimes it takes just one student to really put a passion back...more
Yerim Mo
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A girl who wrote a simple Newspaper and changed a Teacher
The Landry News is a unique book. It is about a girl named Cara Landry have problems with her teacher named Mr. Larson. So, she decides to make a newspaper about Mr. Larson and also about the problems she has with him and she said that there hasn’t been actual learning in class, of course students learned something but, they weren’t getting taught and se also added why should he get payed when there is no actual...more
Alex Blose
Cara Landry, Editor in Chief of The Landry News, is a shy fifth-grade student who really does not like to stand out in her classes. After being put in Mr. Larson's class, where anything goes - the teacher sits and reads the newspaper and sips coffee all day and the students sit around and chat with their friends, Cara writes her first edition of The Landry News. Cara's favorite part of the newspaper is the editorial, and Cara takes great pride in what she writes here. In her first edition though...more
Brian
Cara Landry, is fifth-grade student at Denton Elementary School in Chicago and the Editor in Chief of The Landry News. After being placed in Mr. Larson's class, where any teacher would cringe at the noise level and the classroom activity, Cara writes the first edition of The Landry News. What exactly is The Landry News? Is it a newspaper telling stories from Cara's perspective or is it a truth-telling factual newspaper? In the first edition of The Landry News, Cara writes something that upsets M...more
Jimster
Cara Landry, a girl in fifth grade, seems like a very quiet and independent person, but the only thing that isn't independent about her is her ability to write amazing (and mostly "mean-hearted") newspapers and share them with the class. When Cara enters 5th grade, she is in Mr. Larson's class, the laziest teacher of all teachers. So when Cara starts to write a story on Mr. Larson, she lays out all the facts, which makes him angry. After she apologizes to him the next day, she decides to keep ma...more
Sofia A.
I really enjoying this book. This book is about a girl who doesn't really fit in with the others but she is always happy because everyday she writes her own little newspaper that has every little thing that is going on in the school. The main character is Cara and I think Cara is smart because that is a really good idea to have a school newspaper that goes to every student. I would really need that because I tend to forget a whole bunch of stuff I am supposed to remember. Cara said that she didn...more
Runa
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 a...more
Andrew Foster
Grade Level: 3rd to 5th

This was a great book. I liked the theme and the way the book read, it seemed easy and could appeal to many children. A teacher could easily use this book to open up a unit on newspapers and journalism. Reading the book, I had many ideas about what lesson plans I could write using this book as my guide and I am excited to try some of them.

Overall, the book deals with a young girl that writes a newspaper to vent her frustrations. As the book moves along, she gets the whole...more
Maureen Milton
While it contains an introduction of sorts for middle readers to censorship and the First Amendment to the Constitution, this story is only adequate. Because of its brevity, there's not much room to develop characters, but the discussions on the First Amendment, especially as they apply to student writing, create more heft and momentum. The book does, like its titular newspaper, contain truth and mercy, but it also provides a primer as to why so many writers skirt technology. The passages about...more
Fifth Grade
Mr. Larson has taught for 20 years and he's burned out. His idea of the open-classroom method is to start his fifth graders on a project and then sit back and relax with coffee and a newspaper. So when Cara Landry writes a newspaper with an editorial about the lack of teaching going on in room 145, the former "Teacher of the Year" gets very upset. Realizing that the girl is stating the truth, he starts a unit on journalism and the class enthusiastically begins a newspaper. With Cara as editor, t...more
Dolly
Nov 18, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
Our youngest brought this book home from her third grade class. It was her selection for her class book club and I was excited to read it too. It has some mature themes and is a thoughtful book that explores the concept of our First Amendment rights. I love that the main character of the story, Cara Landry, is aware of her power as a journalist and knows how the tone of a journalistic story can really make a difference. A negative story that tears down its subject can be very hurtful.

I also lov...more
zabarj
Title: The Landry News
Author: Andrew Clements
Illustrator: Salvatore Murdocca
Interest Level: 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent: 6.1
Lexile® measure: 950L
DRA: 40
Guided Reading: R

Summary: Fifth-grader Cara Landry has a passion for journalism and publishes "The Landry News" in her new school. When Cara publishes a searing editorial about her teacher's inability to teach, changes are inevitable. When "The Landry News" is expanded to a class

Review: A great reader for a higher-level third grade student. Four...more
Carla Jean
Feb 01, 2008 Carla Jean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: writers, journalists, children
After I finished Frindle, I was determined to see what else Clements wrote. I picked this one up at the library yesterday and finished it in an hour before I went to bed. Let me tell you, it is so so good… like, I think I ought to buy a copy for myself, it’s that good. It’s all about journalism and how a little girl starts a class newspaper that shakes things up in her school. If I were ever to teach a journalism class, I think this would be required reading. It is really an excellent introducti...more
Anna Tadlock
Our family loves all of Andrew Clements books. This was one of our firsts on a road trip and we have picked up every one since then. I especially like that the kids portrayed are good, honest kids, some with problems, working to make things better. Not the sassy brats that seem to be everywhere.
HeavyReader
This book follows the same format as the other books by Andrew Clements that I've read lately. A kid in middle school rebels (in a thoughtful, mature, academic, kid-smarter-than-adult sort of way) against the status quo. A teacher or school administrator tries to put a stop to the rebellion, but the kid perseveres, shows that he or she is right, and wins in the end. Everyone learns a valuable lesson. I guess that's a pretty good plot, but it got a little tiring for me after a while.

The main cha...more
E19hesse
The Landry News is a book about a girl named Cara and she decides to write a newspaper and she posts it in the on the board in the back. The problem is that her teacher Mr.Larson has to talk to the principal about the news paper.

The book is a really good book because it has some unhappy and some happy parts. It had a really good plot and I really really enjoyed it. There are some parts of the book that I really did not like and they are when Mr.Larson went to the principals office it was really...more
Theo kids
I struggled with this book somewhat, and I think it is because of the conflicts portrayed. I was just uncomfortable. The disgusted principal waiting for his chance to remove the burnt out teacher, the student who "called out" her teacher in front of her class, (Although he certainly deserved it, I was still uncomfortable with what I can only describe as a lack of respect for her teacher. Slacker though he was, I thought it could have been handled with more regard for his feelings.) and even the...more
Ruth
Someone held this book up to me once as the epitome of what a modern children's book should be like and I decided to see what the fuss was about. After having read it, I'm not quite sure why this particular book was touted, because although it's good, it's not that good.
Nathan Robinson
A bright, brief young adult novel about writing, freedom of speech, dynamic learning, and truth and mercy. Approachable at 138 pages with generous margins, a few charcoal sketches, brief chapters, and a layout that mimics a newspaper, the novel is easily an elementary read (the protagonist is a 5th-grade girl)—but at the same time, I would read it aloud to my 11th and 12-grade creative writing/journalism class.

There's a nod to the internet (a webpage supporting the class-produced paper and a "be...more
Lisa Rathbun
A fun, fast read, allowing the reader to see characters develop and change. It may interest them in their first amendment rights as well. Of course, it was an "easy" topic to deal with: the controversial article dealt with divorce. I think the answers would not have come so easily had the article been about huffing or cutting or suicide or sexual activity. Of course, this is an elementary student's book but I felt that the reader was expected to apply the theme to other more controversial situat...more
Cathy
A journalist to the core, fourth-grader Cara Landry reports the truth even if it hurts. When she writes an editorial that accuses a teacher of not doing his job, she sets a series of life-changing events in motion.

I loved the premise of the book and the writing. My only complaint is about realism. I know a lot of 4th graders and none of them could write like that or have the guts to do what Cara did. Perhaps if they had placed her in 7th or 8th grade it would be a little bit more believable, but...more
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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an...more
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