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The Last Newspaper Boy in Americaby Sue Corbett
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Big Heart + Big Brain = Funny, Feel Good Fiction!
Wil?s sidearm throw can land a paper on your porch from twenty yards out. But he doesn?t know if he?ll be able to put his unusual talent to use because the big newspaper company has canceled delivery to Wil?s small town.
Well, that was the paper?s first mistake. Underestimating Wil was the second. With physics, his clueless brother, and a neighbor girl on his side, Wil fights to save his route. Along the way he just might unravel a carnival mystery, expose a con artist, rescue his little town, and become a big hero. Sue Corbett?s hilarious dialogue, nonstop action, and one-of-a-kind family story herald a rising star of middle-grade fiction.
"Corbett (Free Baseball), a journalist and PW contributor, writes an energetic story of a boy whose passion saves the spirit of his small town of Steele, Pa. Twelve-year-old Wil cannot wait to take over his brother Sonny's paper route, a job that has been in his family for decades. So when the publishers of the Cooper County Caller decide to cut costs by eliminating delivery to Steele, Wil takes action ('He has a tendency to argue his point until the other person collapses from fatigue,' his mother remarks). But Wil discovers that he has more to contend with than losing his job when the town clairvoyant gives him some ominous advice — 'You must watch carefully.' His suspicion mounts when the Cooper County Fair opens and no one is able to win the large cash prize in the Cover the Spot game. In addition to trying to save his route, Wil assigns himself the task of solving that mystery ('Steele Boy Opens Investigation,' reads one of the headline-style chapter openers), bringing his community together in the process. Corbett's graceful dialogue, lovingly drawn characters and clever plot form a timely and refreshing tale. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Wil's sidearm throw can land a paper on a porch from 20 yards out. But he doesn't know if he'll be able to put his unusual talent to use because the big newspaper company has canceled delivery to Wil's small town. That was the paper's first mistake. The second is underestimating Wil.
Wil David canÕt wait to take over his brotherÕs paper route. For years it has been tradition in his family to hand over the route to the next boy in line on his twelfth birthdayÑand Wil is just about to turn twelve and get his chance to put his sidearm throw into action. But when the newspaper company cancels delivery to WilÕs small town, itÕs up to him to fight to save the route. Along the way, he unravels a carnival mystery, exposes a con artist, rescues his little town, and becomes a true hero.
About the Author
Sue Corbett is a journalist and children's book reviewer for The Miami Herald and Publishers Weekly. Ms. Corbett lives in Newport News, Virginia, with her husband and their three children.
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