In this start to an all-new series, Samantha begins writing her school paper’s advice column—and finds out fast that some things are easier said than written.
Every middle-school girl has questions about her future, but to star school newspaper reporter Samantha Martone, getting the scoop is her life. Sam plans to travel the world someday as a journalist, and in the meantime she’s thrilled that her newspaper adviser, Mr. Trigg, has chosen her for a special gig: For the next year, she’ll be the school’s anonymous advice columnist.
Being the voice of “Dear Know-It-All” is exciting, and an important secret to keep—especially when Sam figures out that one of the letters she receives is actually from her best friend. Sam’s mortified to learn her BFF also has a crush on fellow newspaper staffer—and pitcher for the baseball team—Michael Lawrence. Can Sam still give good advice when her own love interest is on the line?
Seventh-grade cub reporter Samantha Martone is thrilled when she's asked to be the anonymous voice behind the school newspaper's most-read feature: Dear Know-It-All, an advice column. Writing the column means being read it's the first feature everyone turns to but it's also a secret identity, which goes against Sam's natural news-spreading tendencies. Sam is realistically nervous about her new assignment, and Wise mines the minor setbacks and embarrassments that seem so huge in middle school for some painfully believable scenarios. Further friction arises when the first letter Sam answers strikes a nerve: what if you and a friend are crushing on the same person? Sam's eye is on staff hottie Michael, but she's getting a strong vibe that BFF Hailey has lost her head to the same heartthrob. Rife with contemporary details Sam's older sister barely looks up from her phone and there's lots of teeth-gnashing over things posted on "Buddybook," a social networking site this kickoff to the Dear Know-It-All series doesn't break new ground, but it fills a niche for would-be Brenda Starrs. Available simultaneously: Set the Record Straight! Ages 8 12.