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Adam Canfield of the Slash (Adam Canfield #1)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  672 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Adam Canfield has to be the most overprogrammed middle-school student in America. So when super-organized Jennifer coaxes him to be coeditor of their school newspaper, THE SLASH, he wonders if he’s made a big mistake. But when a third-grader’s article leads to a big scoop, Adam and his fellow junior journalists rise to the challenge of receiving their principal’s wrath to ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it
A good book for Elementary or Middle School students, the investigative and journalistic aspects of the story serve as a great introduction for kids who might be interested in those fields in the future. When I first read it I thought it was a bit boring, to be honest, and some of the characters (particularly the third-grader) came off as one-sided. Still, a great read for younger ages.
Adam Canfield, star reporter, is now a co-editor of the Slash – the Harris Elementary/Middle School newspaper – along with his friend Jennifer. He’s having a hard time making the adjustment from reporter to editor. Not only is he way over-programmed with too many classes and activities at school, but now he’s also responsible for what gets printed as well as what gets written. He’s exhausted. Jennifer has big plans for the paper, however. They’re going to be investigating real issues and printin ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Adam Canfield is the ultimate overachiever, A student who is in every club, organization, sport, etc imaginable. This year he teams up with his best friend Jennifer to co-edit the school newspaper the Slash. The pair are more ethically sound in the journalistic endeavors than most journalists are today. It was a fun, quick read that would make a great read aloud in a classroom, especially if someone does "voices" for the characters!
I really enjoyed this story about school reporters that take on school administration. The story is spiced with a great deal of humor. Will have appeal to both boys and girls. Adam, our protagonist, is dealing with many of the issues other children are dealing with--overbooked schedules, standardized testing pressure and such. It makes for a funny relateable tale.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this was a great series, couldn't put it down
Justine Pineda
Adam Canfield, the main protagonist, is a busy middle school kid who is also a co-editor for the monthly school paper called The Slash. He and his best friend and co-editor Jennifer tries to find the best stories for the October issue. They toss aside and article about the school janitor, written by a third grader. Later, they realize that this article ensues a bigger plot as it involves their school principle and a large donation of a deceased elderly woman. They uncover the secrets of these my ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review by Karen, intended for young readers:

Are you on your school newspaper, or do you have friends who are? I worked on my school papers from middle school through college, so I was immediately absorbed by Adam Canfield of the Slash by Michael Winerip — about Adam and his co-editor, Jennifer, and their reporters for The Slash.

I recognized a lot of what they experienced: hanging out in the newspaper office, working late into the night and on weekends, hunting down contacts to get interviews for
Abby Johnson
Jun 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Adam Canfield, star reporter of his school newspaper The Slash, thinks he may have gotten himself in over his head this year by signing up to be a co-editor of the paper. With all the other things he's got going on - baritone practice, Odyssey of the Mind, test prep classes, etc. - he's just not sure he's up to the task. Then along comes a story he can't ignore. A story that will require the entire newspaper staff to work together to pull off. And Adam knows that this is his chance to be a leade ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 5th-7th graders
Adam Canfield of the Slash / written by Michael Winerip (2007, Hardback published in 2005) -- SUMMARY: While serving as coeditors of their school newspaper, middle-schoolers Adam and Jennifer are on the lookout for front-page news. But It's third-grade reporter Phoebe who delivers a major scoop to Adam -- leading to a investigation to uncover fraud and corruption in their school and in the city's government. Followed by sequel: ADAM CANFIELD WATCH YOUR BACK. COMMENT: I had seen this title on sev ...more
Mia Sabbara
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is called "Adam Canfield of the Slash" by Michael Winerip. The genre of this book is realistic and literary fiction and action/adventure because the whole point of this book was mainly how middle-school reporters had to interview people to include in their school newspaper issue. The setting of this book is mainly Harris Elementary School, along with all the places Adam Canfield (the main character) has to visit with his fellow reporters in order to be able to write in their school's ...more
Payton Don
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quarter-1
Adam Canfield is a middle schooler who is an over programmed kid who is involved in many clubs such as his school's newspaper. He is the star reporter of the newspaper. His best friend, Jennifer asks Adam to be the co-editor of the Slash(the schools newspaper. He reluctantly accepts. One day they are summoned by the school's principal, Mrs. Marris. She orders them to write a story about a nice women named Minnie Bloch who had recently died and made a donation to the school. When asked what the m ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adam Canfield is something of a legend. He's a four-pluser and an all-star reporter for The Slash - the Harris Elementary/Middle School student newspaper. After being convinced by his friend, Jennifer, he finds himself as co-editor of the newspaper. Things start off rocky for Adam, but when third-grade reporter Phoebe accidentally reveals a scandal that will shake the Tremble community...things get interesting.

I've never read a book with so many subplots that tie up perfectly in the end. Not eve
Booktalk: Good newspaper reporters are always on the lookout for newsworthy happenings. They ask a lot of questions and report the who, where, when, how and why of a story. A super-reporter notices when important things have gone wrong and digs deep for answers the way a dog digs for her bone. Adam and Jennifer are super-reporters. They're the co-editors of their school newspaper, The Slash, and the prefer to print stories a little more interesting than say, Halloween safety tips or a student su ...more
Austin Erdman
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Adam Canfield is a student at Harris Middle School. Adam is an over-programmed kid that is co-editor of the schools newspaper The Slash. His life is rushing from one place to the next and oftentimes having to come up with excuses for tardiness. The Slash is no ordinary newspaper. The reporters are always looking for the most interesting stories they can find. A third grade reporter writes a story that eventually leads to a huge direction change in the story. The story is over the schools janitor ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
The idea behind "Adam Canfield of the Slash" by Michael Winerip is excellent. Winerip's background as a reporter informs the story well and makes it more realistic. The story is full of rich complications. Winerip doesn't sugar coat things for his characters; they struggle with issues of racism, greed, and power struggles. The actual meat of the story is great. The characters semi-believable.
The point in which Winerip lost me was simply in the way he wrote. For such a specialized and in some wa
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, library-2016
This book cracked me up. The underlying commentary about the education system, testing, racism, and the expectations put upon teenagers was just too funny for me. Let's tackle it all in one book!

Adam Canfield is an overworked middle school student. Oh, but he goes to a elementary/middle school. Something I've never heard of, but don't doubt that it exists. He and his best friend and potential girlfriend, are co-editors and need a big story. What they find is bigger and badder than any other edi
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Eh. It was a decent book. I'm now swapping preferences to the "deeper" sort of books, so this one didn't exactly wow me. For a juvenile fiction book, though, it was pretty good. I liked that it was about journalism, since I enjoy journalism--especially school newspapers, one of which I'm an editor for. I appreciated the guts the major characters had, and little Phoebe was just a bit too close to home. Meaning, er, she reminded me of...a younger me. *coughs* Moving on.

This was in third person, wh
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good read. I picked it up last night and couldn't put it down. As a mother of a 12 year old son, I can relate to a boy who is always late but has a lot of gumption. Adam Canfield is a likable character as is his friend, Jennifer, and their 3rd grade reporter Phoebe. These characters are likable but are not totally real. It's hard to believe that children of their ages would be so independent and such good writers as well as thinkers. I, for one, would like to think that children l ...more
David Taylor
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it

In the book Adam Canfield of the Slash, the main character Adam seams to never have free time. He is running from class to class and having to find time to edit his school’s newspaper which keeps him busy. While Jennifer, co-worker for the slash, and Adam are looking through articles to be put into The Slash, They toss aside an article about their school janitor, which a third grader wrote. Later they relies that this story about the janitor ties into a much bigger plot involving their school’s
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Adam Canfield was the star reporter of Harris Elementary's school newspaper, "The Slash." Now, he is a co-editor along with his friend, Jennifer. Their principal, Ruth Ellen Marris now wants them to make a story about a woman who donated a large sum of money to the school just for the well-being of the students. Adam and Jennifer are now very suspicious about whether Marris will use the money for the kids, or use it for herself. Will Adam and Jennifer figure out what their crafty principal is up ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From now on, I need to trust my gut feeling that the most enjoyable book for me to read would be sitting on the children section.

This might not be necessarily a children's book. This is a rather interesting and somehow complicated and intriguing story about a school newspaper and a star reporter and bright editor. They were covering what seems like a mundane story that ended up unraveling such a big secret about their own school.

What I love the most is that the story can be about everything with
Jan 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adam Canfield is a middle schooler, who is overbooked, overstressed and yet, a generally an all-around great student, athlete and friend. He reluctantly agrees to be co-editor of the school newspaper, The Slash. His free time is slashed by this new position. Little does he know or realize that the job will entail delving deep into fraudulent schemes by none other than….the principal at his school. With advice, support and encouragement from wise and caring adults, Adam exposes those involved in ...more
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-literature
Adam Canfield is the coeditor of the student newspaper the Slash. He is also 'overprocessed' which is a term used over and over again about how busy today's kids are. He and his team uncover a big story and have to go against the principal to get their story told. I felt like the author was trying to be funny but it wasn't really. I also felt like there were some political agendas behind the book and the author was trying to solve the world's problems in one neat storyline. Racism, class, educat ...more
Melissa Schneider
It's rare I find a book that contains nothing controversial, limited teen-angst, and a happy ending (at least for the good guys), but this is it. Adam Canfield is a typical middle schooler in the sense that he's involved in everything and can't seem to manage his time. But this year, things are going to be different for Adam. As co-editor of "The Slash" (the school newspaper), he's got responsibilities and he's determined to do a great job. Little did he know just how much trouble he'd get into. ...more
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Adam Canfield of The Slash is an amazing book about grade schoolers. Adam and his friend/co-editor Jennifer, are two middle schoolers trying to run a school newspaper, the Slash. With younger kids by their side, they investigate the phony principal. And for the first time in the history of their town, a newspaper actually wasn't biased. Risking being expelled, with the help of a 3rd grader named Phoebe and some other younger kids from The Slash, Adam and Jennifer print copies the principal doesn ...more
Lisa Ard
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Adam Canfield is a high achieving, overscheduled middle-school student. He runs from class to after school program to his job as co-editor of the school newspaper, THE SLASH. He's often late. Good thing he has his best friend Jennifer as co-editor, who seems to keep her cool no matter how hectic life gets. They are a good team, especially when dealing with a third-grade journalist wannabe. When this youngster writes her first story she uncovers a school scandal that only Adam and Jennifer can ma ...more
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Adam Canfield of the slash, an over-programmed middle schooler, is a great reporter. He and his co-editor Jennifer know that there's something fishy about the donation write-up their principal wants them to print, but can Adam proove it while still being true to all of his other commitments?

I enjoyed reading a book about a mystery that wasn't just fluff. While the adults are more than a little bit dense and sometimes serious baddies, the adventure was worth it. And the nod to racism and classism
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Adam Canfield, co-editor of the Harris Elementary/Middle school newspaper, "The Slash" is determined to get the scoop with fair and honest reporting. With the help of Jennifer, his friend, crush, and co-editor, and Phoebe, the most annoying third-grader ever, he uncovers the plot of the school principal misusing funds donated to the school. A quick and fun read for kids with quirky characters and plenty of action. A great discussion starter on the ethics of the media getting too involved in poli ...more
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great middle school read. Adam Canfield, eighth grade co-editor of the Harris Elementary/Middle School newspaper, the Slash, has his hands full trying to put together a newspaper that the students will read, but will also pass the scrutiny of Principal Marris. Adam, his co-editor, Jennifer, and "Front-Page" Phoebe, a third-grade cub reporter, discover that Ms. Marris is hiding some facts about a recent bequest to the school. How they uncover the truth and distribute it to the school and communit ...more
Debra Dahlgren Rowand
This Middle School Book Club book was LOVED by me but........the middle schoolers did not love it and rated it about a 5/6 out of 10. Hmmmmm. This was a debut novel written by a NYTimes columnist with a flair for well-worded, funny sentences & situations. I liked it so much I'm reading the sequel. My teens said they wouldn't even recommend it to a friend. One of the previous books we read that they loved, I could barely finish (don't think I even did!) So different books for different reader ...more
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"When Michael Winerip leaves a phone message, no one worries too much about calling him back. But when Michael Winerip of the New York Times leaves a phone message, the call gets returned fast.

"Those are the special powers I wanted to give Adam Canfield and the whole Slash staff at Harris Elementary/Middle School. Adam, Jennifer and Phoebe have the power to correct serious wrongs-- based not on th
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