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Front Page Face-Off

Front Page Face-Off

For Ages: 9 - 13
As one of the top reporters at Brighton Junior Academy, thirteen-year-old Delilah James is on her way to becoming a Junior Global Journalist until an international rival steals her spotlight—and her crush. Delilah finds an unlikely ally in the school’s “it” group—The Debutantes, aka the “Little Debbies”—who promise to give her newsworthy dirt in exchange for the inside scoop on rival cliques. Will Delilah manage to be a Junior Global Journalist and win over the boy, or will she find herself to be yesterday’s news?
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416991694 | 
  • March 2010 | 
  • Grades 4 - 8
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Chapter One


In China a red envelope meant the owner had good luck and protection from evil. At Brighton Junior Academy a red envelope meant the owner had half a brain and way too many pairs of shoes.

I never expected to be in that group, but somehow, on the first day of seventh grade, one of those envelopes found its way to my locker.

Across the front of the envelope my name, Delilah James, flowed in fancy gold script, complete with a sparkling rhinestone dotting the i. As a writer for the school paper, I’d seen my name dozens of times in the byline, but never printed with quite as much... see more
Chapter Two


Paige has seen your future? She can’t even see her own future as a Macy’s perfume spritzer.” Jenner let out her trademark laugh that was part hyena, part mule, and altogether terrifying to children and woodland creatures.

We were walking home from school, and I’d just filled her in on my discussion with Paige, including the mysterious shoplifter, but Jenner was focused on one thing.

“Wait!” She grabbed my arm and gazed at me with wide, dramatic eyes. “I’ll bet the Little Debbies have a time machine!”

I did crack a smile at... see more

About the Author

Jo Whittemore
Photogprah by Jo Whittemore

Jo Whittemore

Jo Whittemore is the author of Front Page Face-Off, Odd Girl In, and D is for Drama, all with Aladdin MIX. She currently lives in Texas and is an active member of the Texas Sweethearts, a group of Texas-based children’s book writers who make appearances at panels and conferences throughout the country.

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