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By Walter Dean Myers

Eighth grade is difficult sufficient, but if you are a Cruiser, you are particularly positioned to the try. The release of a brand new middle-grade sequence from bestselling award-winner Walter Dean Myers.

Zander and his neighbors, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi begin their very own newspaper, The Cruiser, as a way for talking out, retaining the peace, and expressing what they think. while the varsity launches a ridicule Civil struggle, Zander and his pals are compelled to contemplate the real that means of democracy and what it expenditures to face up for a reason. the result's not anything they can have anticipated, and every thing they can have was hoping for.

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