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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New York Times First Issue

Ugh, we apologize for the severe delay in posting this. I had some stuff come up, and then blogger ate it. Grrr.

On this day in 1851 The New York Daily Times published its first issue. It later changed its name to The New York Times.

To celebrate that paper of record, here are some books about newspapers.

    

The Hand of the Devil by Dean Vincent Carter. Ashley is a reporter for Missing Link, where he investigates new and weird creatures that are usually hoaxes. Then he learns about a very large, and very deadly mosquito. When he goes to check it out, he finds the mosquito is very real, very cursed, and he's in big trouble.

Donut Days by Lara Zeilin. There's a new donut shop opening in town and there's a motorcycle gang camping out in front of it, waiting for opening day. Emma's infiltrating the campout so she can write a newspaper article worthy of a scholarship, but also to escape her own drama--her best friend isn't talking to her and her evangelical minister parents are in danger of losing their church.

Keeper by Mal Peet. Paul Faustino is a soccer journalist interviewing El Gato-- a breakout star of a goalie. Faustino expects a standard story of training to greatness, but El Gato tells him one of an apparition that comes out of the jungle to teach him to play. The first in a trilogy, follow it with The Penalty.

    

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by Paul Feinstein. Steve is excited when he wins an aspiring journalist award from the US Basketball Writer's Association-- the prize is a press pass to the Final Four. But once he gets there, he overhears a comment that leads him into a mystery of blackmail and game throwing.

Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski. Sam's spending the summer interning at the local paper-- writing the town's obituaries-- which seems like a good fit since the newspaper industry is dying. Through her work studying the dead and helping cover/crack a local scandal, plus a love triangle, Sam learns a lot about figuring out what's important, and what's not.

Aries Rising by Bonnie Hearn Hill. When Logan finds the Fearless Astrology book, everything changes. Using what the book teaches her about the zodiac and the stars, she's suddenly able to get everything she wants--including her own column in the school paper. But a group of school is also using the stars-- to cause trouble. The first in the Star Crossed series Logan's adventures continue in Taurus Eyes.

    

I Like Him, He Likes Her: Alice Alone; Simply Alice; Patiently Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Really, I'm just putting the whole series on here. Alice is just an average girl with a dad and an older brother (and in later books, a step-mother) trying to figure out life. Once she hits high school, Alice starts working on the school paper, which is a pretty major part of her school life. If you haven't read the series yet, start with The Agony of Alice. The final (and 28th!) book in the series, Now I'll Tell You Everything, comes out next month. (This is an omnibus edition that has three novels in one binding)

Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristin Chandler. Wolves have recently been reintroduced to Yellowstone Park, a very controversial move in KJ's Montana town of ranchers. When KJ and Virgil, the new boy in town, write a regular column about the wolves for the school paper, tensions boil up and over.

As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway. Our nameless protaganist is just a normal guy, until he meets Anna, the new girl in town. Anna's written an obituary for everyone in town. Anna likes codes-- especially the one developed by the Houdinis and is obsessed with the numbers stations. But then, Anna disappears and her dress found by a hole in the ice. But is she gone? And if she is, where?

What are your favorite books about newspapers?

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