Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
Laurel se découvre une passion pour le journalisme d'investigation. Pour écrire un article-choc, elle mène une enquête sur une triche à son école. Elle découvre que la tricherie est généralisée—beaucoup plus qu'elle ne l'avait imaginé. Aveugle à toute autre préoccupation, Laurel est prête à perdre ses amies pour tirer cette histoire au clair. Mais son ultime découverte change tout.
Laurel discovers her passion for investigative journalism when she writes an article for her school paper about the homeless man who's been living at the school. Eager to write more articles with impact, she launches an investigation of a cheating scam at her high school. Laurel's efforts elicit hostility from her classmates. Nobody is interested in seeing her article go to print, not even her own brother. It is evident that the cheating is widespread, and Laurel, caught up in the thrill of the investigation, is willing to commit social suicide to get the story, but her ultimate discovery changes everything.
About the author
Excerpt: La triche: (Cheat) (by (author) Kristin Butcher)
Personne n'aime les rapporteurs. Si tu n'abandonnes pas, tu vas te retrouver toute seule. Personne ne voudra jamais plus te parler.
La TricheIn this translation of Cheat in the Orca Currents series, Laurel is a 15-year old journalist for the school newspaper. Determined to avoid superficial writing, she writes a ground-breaking article about a homeless man who lives in the school at night. The article is praised by the school community and the local newspaper editor who publishes Laurel’s story and promises to print her next article. Laurel decides to write about cheating. When she discovers that someone is selling answers to the Grade 12 math and biology tests, she is determined to unmask this criminal. Ignoring threats, following anonymous tips, interviewing students and tailing suspects, Laurel is a most intrepid journalist. Laurel is shocked when she discovers the identity of the culprit and must choose between her journalism and her loyalty to her family and friends.
Caution: Includes occasional coarse language.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2012-2013.