The Newspaper Club

Beth Vrabel (Author) Paula Franco (Illustrator)


Learn what it means to be a journalist in this fun, fast-paced new middle grade series about a club of kid reporters by an award-winning author.

Nellie Murrow -- the daughter of two (former) newspaper reporters -- was named after one of the fiercest journalists who ever lived. When she moves to sleepy Bear Creek, Maine, rumors of vandalism and attacks at the only park in town are keeping her saddled to the house.
Some townspeople say the attacks are gang recruitments. Others blame a vagrant spotted on the hiking trails around town. But when Nellie thinks like a reporter, none of those explanations make sense. Something is happening at the park, but what? All of the fake online news and rumors are clouding the truth.
Nellie wants to break the story -- and break free from the front yard -- but she can't do it alone. She needs a whole club if she's going to start the Cub Report, the town's first independent newspaper. Creating a newspaper from scratch is going to be tough; but for Nellie, making friends is even harder.
Starred Kirkus Review

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Running Press Kids
Publish Date
March 10, 2020
5.3 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Beth Vrabel is author of the Cybils'-nominated Caleb and Kit, ILA award-winning A Blind Guide to Stinkville, JLG selection A Blind Guide to Normal, The Reckless Club, and the Pack of Dorks series. As a former journalist, she speaks from both a professional point of reference and personal experience. She lives in Canton, Connecticut.


"In this heartwarming series kick-off, Vrabel . . . offers journalistic hints while shining a light on the plight of the newspaper industry, and prickly Nellie's grudging willingness to embrace others over the course of the story is earnestly portrayed."--Publishers Weekly
"A solid mix of personal story and intriguing mystery, along with the fun of starting a new enterprise."--Booklist
"This refreshingly poignant story deftly weaves topics such as grieving, making friends, and moving with highly relevant discussions about bias and opinion in journalism. It is inspiring and informative for young people who are interested in the craft of news reporting, without being overly technical.... A captivating and touching story that addresses issues in news media and life effortlessly, while engaging readers with a fast-paced mystery."--School Library Journal
"Beth Vrabel's The Newspaper Club is a mystery and a friendship story rolled into one; at its climax, both combine for a conclusion that's remarkably profound. It's also an affectionate account of the newspaper business, complete with a glossary of newspaper terms for budding cub reporters."--BookPage
"Getting to know a plethora of characters through Nellie's eyes is as much fun as watching Nellie blossom. . . . Nellie Bly's contemporary namesake does her proud."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review