Get Real #4: Girl Reporter Snags Crush! (Get Real (Avon Paperback))

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 Strange Epidemic Infects School!

Symptoms include constant hair flipping, eye batting, and the sudden use of hair gel. Diagnosis: First Dance Flu! Could everyone really be more interested in going to the dance then tracking down a school vandal? Casey Smith, girl reporter, pushes past her dance-crazed classmates to find the culprit and enlists the help of Tyler McKenzie. Tyler with the deep brown eyes and really cute smile...Could Casey be coming down with Dance Flu herself? Get Real.

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Casey Smith, girl reporter, is the only sane person in her entire school. Everyone else seems to be coming down with a hideous case of First Dance Flu. Flirting, blushing, huddling and whispering, spastic hair flipping... doesn't anyone care anymore about important things? Advertising in schools, for example? Specifically, a financial sponsorship by the Crush cola company that distinctly resembles a monopoly with the potential to undermine Trumbull Middle School's constitutional rights. Casey, self-proclaimed "melodramatic motormouth," is on her editorial soapbox and ready to fight the power! And when Tyler McKenzie, with the caramel-brown hair, which is the exact color of his eyes, which are the exact color of Casey's freckles--not that she notices, not that she cares, not that she wants to go to the dance with him--joins the protest, Casey steps into high gear. As usual, she uses the school paper, Real News as her medium.

Never afraid to take on big issues (corporate sponsorship in schools is a growing controversy, as she notes in her afterword), Linda Ellerbee has a lot in common with Casey Smith. Blending topical subject matter with right-on-the-mark teen concerns, Ellerbee hits her stride with number 4 in the Get Real series. Casey is a thoroughly appealing protagonist, a secretly shy rabble-rouser. She navigates the frothy waters of adolescence with dry wit and confidence that varies from charmingly wobbly to rock solid. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Linda Ellerbee is herself a girl reporter extraordinaire. She is the producer and host of Nick News, the Emmy award-winning children's TV series on Nickelodeon. About Casey Linda says, "A haunted cemetery? Monsters? Zombies? Or an 11-year-old Casey determined to find the truth? Who's the scariest? Casey, of course. That's why I like her." Ms. Ellerbee's production company, Lucky Ducky Productions, has earned a reputation as a supplier of outstanding children's programming for network, syndication, cable, and public television. Originally from Texas, Ms. Ellerbee now divides her time between New York City and western Massachusetts.

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