Extra, extra! "Dear-Know-It-All: Black and White and Gray All Over" is the newest book by Rachel Wise in the Dear-Know-It-All series!
Extra, extra! "Dear-Know-It-All: Black and White and Gray All Over" is the newest book by Rachel Wise in the Dear-Know-It-All series! Samantha Martone is a very good reporter. She writes for the Cherry Valley Voice, which is her middle school newspaper. Sam is not only one of the news reporters, but was also selected to do the anonymous "Dear-Know-It-All" column. Students from Cherry Valley write into the column asking for advice, and the anonymous Know-it-All answers a weekly response, which is published in the Voice. She obviously always wants a nice, juicy letter to answer for the next issue of the paper, which she sometimes gets, but sometimes doesn't. Sam has a HUGE crush on Michael, a sports jock who also writes the news column with her.
One day Sam's editor, Mr. Trigg, is about to give her a really awesome article that she will get to cowrite with Michael, when in walks Miss Kate Bigley. Everyone in the room thinks she's really cool. Kate even has a British accent, and Mr. Trigg is from England, too! The editor gives Kate the article with Michael instead, which makes Sam completely irate! Worst of all, Mr. Trigg doesn't give Sam any story to write on at all! Sam begs for another good, juicy story to report on, but instead gets some dumb story about school uniforms. Will Sam be able to enjoy her uniform story? Will Kate charm Michael and steal him away from Sam? Will Miss Bigley always get the awesome stories with Michael and Sam wind up getting the lame and boring stories?
I liked the book for two reasons. One of them was that I could relate to Sam with her friendship problems, and the other is all of the connections I was able to make because of my also being a reporter. I'm going into middle school next year, and I feel like I learned a lot of tips on how to navigate it. This book is the seventh in the Dear-Know-It-All series, which begins with the book called, "Read All About It!". Throughout the series, there are a lot of middle school problems that include: bullying, cheating, and extreme computer crashes. This entire realistic fiction series is a fun, easy read, which I would recommend for girls in about grades three to seven. I look forward to reading the upcoming books in the series!