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Booklist: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Some of these books are comedies, some dramas, but all include characters who are dedicated to their school paper.

Listed alphabetically by author:

Peeled by Joan Bauer (protagonist and supporting characters work on the paper; contemporary realistic drama/mystery; ages 12 and up)

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond (a teenaged Lois Lane investigates the truth behind the bullying at her high school - and strikes up a friendship online with SmallvilleGuy; contemporary realistic drama; ages 12 and up)

Reality Check by Jen Calonita (protagonist works on the high school paper; contemporary realistic drama; ages 12 and up)

Prom Kings and Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone (protagonist and supporting lead work on the high school paper; contemporary realistic dramedy; ages 12 and up)

The Alison Rules by Catherine Clark (protagonist and two supporting characters work on the paper; contemporary realistic drama; ages 12 and up; highly recommended)

Juicy Gossip by Erin Downing (protagonist is the editor of her middle school paper, starts writing a gossip column; contemporary fiction; ages 8 and up)

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (protagonist contributes columns occasionally; historical fiction; ages 10 and up - this book was published as juvenile fiction but has been widely read by both kids and adults)

Alice McKinley books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (once in high school, protagonist and supporting characters work on the paper; contemporary realistic drama; ages 12 and up)

Paisley Hanover Acts Out by Cameron Tuttle (protagonist works on the high school paper; contemporary realistic dramedy; ages 12 and up)

Standing for Socks by Elissa Brent Weissman (protagonist is profiled in the paper; contemporary realistic dramedy; ages 10 and up)

The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara M. Zeises (protagonist writes restaurant reviews for the local paper; contemporary realistic drama; ages 12 and up)

Sidebar
My favorite films and plays related to newspaper workers are His Girl Friday and Newsies. His Girl Friday was based on the play The Front Page written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. I also like the 1974 film version of The Front Page. I have yet to see the 1931 film version or the various TV versions & series. I also enjoy the film Meet John Doe.

If you're interested in a story about a school yearbook staff, check out Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin. It's captivating.

More Titles
Books in which the reporter is someone other than the protagonist:

Grace's Turn by Christy Carlson Romano (best friend is a photographer for the paper; contemporary drama; ages 12 and up)

Love Undercover by Johanna Edwards (mother who writes a relationship column; romantic comedy; ages 14 and up)

And Also

Here's a wonderful passage/list from the aforementioned book Paisley Hanover Acts Out by Cameron Tuttle:

I am not who I was last year.
I am not who I was last week.
I am not unpopular.
I am not popular.
I am not playing that game.
I am not a sleep.
I am not my yearbook photo.
I am not better than anyone else.
I am not worse than anyone else.


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