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Old Story, New Twist

Old Story, New Twist

(Book #4 of Dear Know-It-All)
For Ages: 8 - 12
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Samantha struggles to follow her own advice when writing a column for the school newspaper reveals a hidden desire.

Samantha loves being a star reporter for the school newspaper, and she especially loves it when she’s teamed up with her crush, Michael Lawrence. So she’s especially upset when Mr. Trigg doesn’t pair them together—will Michael forget all about her if they don’t work together? And to make matters worse, Sam’s best friend likes a boy whom Sam can’t stand. How do your tell your best friend you think she has terrible taste?
To keep her mind off of her own problems, Sam concentrates on writing her Dear Know-It-All advice column. While encouraging a letter writer who’s too shy to try out for the gymnastics team, Sam realizes that she’d secretly like to try out for the team herself. Sam advises the hopeful girl to “Go for it! Don’t be afraid! Reach for the stars!” But can Sam take her own advice?
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  • Simon Spotlight | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442453289 | 
  • November 2012 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Chapter 1


When I am the editor in chief of the Cherry Valley Voice next year, I will let people pick their own article topics. I will not assign them whatever boring story I want, just because I can.

The headline of my first issue will say, Martone Frees Writers from Shackles, Staff Rejoices!

So there.

In case you can’t tell, I am a little annoyed right now at the editor in chief of our school paper. I don’t like the article that she and our faculty advisor, Mr. Trigg, have assigned to me for the next issue. And I really... see more

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