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Peeled [Kindle Edition]

Joan Bauer
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Hildy Biddle wants something monumental to happen so she can finally prove herself to be more than a high school journalist. The problem? Her town?s biggest story stars a ghost, which is not an easy interview. But while the local paper is playing up people?s fears with shocking headlines of creepy happenings, Hildy is determined to discover what?s really going on. Unfortunately, her desire to uncover the truth is starting to cause a stir. With rumors swirling and tensions high, can Hildy push past all the hype and find out the real truth?



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0142414301
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MFXQII
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 1 May 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Banesville's newspaper, The Bee, has been printing stories about the town's old haunted house and stirring up fear in the town. Hildy Biddle, a reporter for the high school newspaper, The Core, wants to know just who, or what, is haunting Banesville.

Banesville is a quiet little town where the whole economy revolves around producing and selling apples...it's a whole way of life. It seems that because of the old haunted house and the sensationalism that The Bee has stirred up, a very large company wants to build a haunted amusement park revolving around the old Ludlow house. Hildy thinks the editor of The Bee is more interested in sensationalism and selling papers than he is in telling the truth, and now someone is trying to make the apple farmers sell out at below market price to make room for the proposed amusement park.

It's true that there have been reports of eerie, strange happenings and ghostly sightings, but Hildy and her friends at The Core are out to disprove the rumors and save the farmers. Their conflict with the editor of the rival newspaper causes the school to shut down publication of The Core, but Hildy isn't going to let that stop her. Together, can the kids figure out some way to keep the amusement park out and keep the apple country intact?

Bauer specializes in warm, funny, but strong characters, with witty dialogue, and is a genius at plotting exciting, very entertaining stories. PEELED is one of her best. Hildy stays true to her commitment to the town and her dream to be a great journalist as she struggles to overcome obstacles and expose the truth. Her leadership is inspirational as she confronts the established newspaper and its editor to try to save a way of life.

Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars apples and journalism 29 May 2008
By K. Fournier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Peeled, the latest from Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer, has a most enticing cover. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to read this book.

Hildy lives in a small town in upstate New York with an apple-based economy. Hildy fits in her ambitions to be a journalist between her duties on the family farm- baking, picking and giving tours to elementary school kids. The big festival every year is around harvest time. She is the best writer for her high school newspaper, "The Core" (see the theme here?). When freaky things start happening at the old Ludlow house in town, Hildy knows it's bunk, but isn't sure how to prove it.

Hildy always uses the 5 W's in her questioning (who? what? when? where? why?) and her friends (including cute science geek Zack) to arrive at the truth, and doesn't skip over the hard parts. She's determined and gutsy, and doesn't even back down when the articles she prints start to make some grownups angry. Hildy is a strong female protagonist and this book would be great for kids interested in journalism or creative writing. There's nothing offensive or romantic in here, so this would work for even upper elementary readers.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh to the Core! 5 Feb 2012
By M. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a mother who screens everything her very precocious twelve-year-year daughter reads, I've been finding it even more necessary now to read everything listed as "Young Adult" before said child does. There are so, so many great books out there that are wonderful for teenagers, but the gap between 12-going-on-13 and 16 years old is quite a gap, and I'm beginning to think publishers may want to start listing their books like they do in the movie industry. 12-going-on-13s like to read about high school - but not all that is described in books about high school kids are quite appropriate for 12-going-on-13s! This is especially true for cutely-drawn manga literature, but also true for recommended award-winning books. This is the primary reason I fall back on the classics like "War and Peace," which said daughter is actually really enjoying. Happily, I found "Peeled" by Jane Bauer to be an excellent book set in a small-town high school, and so was delighted to recommend it to said child. Her review of "Peeled" follows:

[ Hildy Biddle is a sixteen-year-old reporter for her high school newspaper, The Core. Unfortunately, the big story is about the old Ludlow house ... and its ghost. But as the "ghost" grows more and more violent and the people more and more scared, can The Core get to the bottom of the mystery? Or will Banesville, New York become a haunted theme park??

[ My favorite characters were Minska and Lacey. I really liked how Minska always stood up for revolutions and changes for the better. I also liked how Lacey was really sweet and nice and actually cared about the little people in the world.

[ My favorite advice from Baker Polton was when Hildy asked him how to get people to take the Core seriously and he replied on page 86, "Start by taking yourselves seriously."

[ My favorite part was definitely on pages 240-24, when the Elders Against Evil staged a protest:

[ "Elders Against Evil started booing and hissing.

[ The sheriff read the contract and walked in slow motion to Pinky and her gang. `You've got to move across the street, ladies. It's the law, but I'm sure not going to have a problem if you take your sweet time.'

[ Two of the elders inched toward the street.

[ Pinky Sandusky turned to follow and shouted, `My knee!'

[ I ran up to her. `What's wrong?'

[ Her eyes were bright. `Why, it's just clicked out on me again, honey. I can't walk. I'm going to have to sit down right here. You help me ... no, not there ... right here on the driveway.' And down she went, holding her SHAME ON YOU! sign.

[ Suddenly, like a bolt from heaven, the Elders Against Evil were all struck in various aging body parts.

[ `My hip!' one cried.

[ `Oh, Lord, my back!' another shouted.

[ Not to be outdone, Erma Lockeed started shrieking about her `entire lower body going into spasm.'

[ Down they went, helped by Sheriff Metcalf, who turned to the lead trucker and said, `Sorry about this, ace. But we can't move these ladies now. They're going to need medical care.'

[ `They can't stay here!' the trucker shouted.

[ `Oh, yes they can!' the sheriff shouted back.

[ Pinky moaned, `I want my doctor.'

[ `What's his name?' the trucker demanded.

[ `Well, now I'm trying to remember. I can see his face plain as anything!'

[ The lead trucker flipped open his phone, punched in numbers. `We got a problem, Mr. Midian. Well, it's ... kind of difficult to explain ...'

[ `It's Elders Against Evil, hotshot!' Pinky bellowed."

[ I would give the book 3.5 stars: two stars for the characters, one star for the humor and half a star for the plot. ]
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and juicy! 12 May 2008
By Erika Sorocco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There is nothing more that sixteen-year-old Banesville High School junior, Hildy Biddle, wants, than to be a serious, hard-hitting journalist. Someone who breaks the big news before anyone else. Interviews countless people on a quest for an unsuspected scoop. But, as much as Hildy loves her hometown of Banesville, New York, the little apple harvesting town can't exactly be called a hotspot for news. In fact, some of the biggest stories have involved the Apple Blossom Queen, farmer's market scandals, and hotheaded city officials. That is, until the story of a lifetime drops right into Hildy's lap.

For decades people have embellished and spread rumors about a ghost that supposedly resides in the old Ludlow house. A ghost who is evil, has murdered people in the past, and is determined to kill again. Many in Banesville have believed these stories; Hildy has always written them off as rumors. But when controversy revolving around the old Ludlow house, and a ghost begin to resurface, Hildy knows that she has to be on the case. As the top reporter at her high school's newspaper, Hildy is aware that the responsibility of writing and publishing the facts for readers is up to her; therefore, she's determined to solve the mystery, and put it in writing for the world - or, at least all of Banesville - to see. But when you're sixteen-years-old, not everyone is interested in taking you, or your quest for journalistic integrity, seriously; especially when you're up against a local newspaper like The Bee. Anyone with a brain knows that The Bee, along with its publisher and editor, Pen Piedmont, is a farce. The stories are fabricated, blown out of proportion, and more often than not, completely inaccurate. Unfortunately, much of Banesville relies on this fodder for their information. When Piedmont begins publishing stories featuring eerie headlines, spooky happenings, and sightings of ghosts and apparitions, Banesville is in an uproar. Suddenly the quaint little town is flooded with tour buses, creepy characters, and death. Hildy knows that it's up to her to report the truth, but with no one talking, doing that may just be a problem. Unless she can find the words she needs to uncover the truth, and save Banesville.

I have never read anything by Joan Bauer before; but, I will confess, I devoured PEELED in just a few hours, and couldn't have loved it more. Hildy Biddle is a girl after my own heart. Her inquisitive nature, quick wit, sharp tongue, and ability to get people to spill their guts is humorous and fun; while her determination to save her fellow community members is admirable. The commitment and passion Hildy displays towards Banesville is so refreshing and enjoyable; while the descriptions of an apple harvesting community couldn't be more quaint. Bauer's characters are off the wall, intriguing, unique, humorous, and, to put it bluntly, tons of fun. Each community member possesses their own outlandish personality - from the innocent Elizabeth, to the senior citizens who make up the group the Elders Against Evil. Every word Bauer has written in PEELED is a gem in and of itself; and, as a Psychology student, I really enjoyed, and appreciated, Bauer's inclusion of propaganda and mass hysteria; two topics you so rarely see covered in books - especially teen fiction. Bauer has won a fan for life via PEELED, and I can honestly say that I will certainly be seeking out more from her in the future. Crisp and juicy!

Erika Sorocco
Freelance Reviewer
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Joan Bauer 24 July 2008
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Rumors of a haunted house ignite the curiosity of teen reporter Hildy Biddle. She starts investigating the story only to have her school newspaper shut down. What Hildy uncovers and how she overcomes the obstacles that would have her silenced are at the core of Joan Bauer's new book, PEELED.

Bauer regularly writes about adolescents who work. Her Newbery Honor book HOPE WAS HERE is about a teen waitress. RULES OF THE ROAD features a young shoe salesperson. PEELED ambitiously takes on the subject of investigative reporting and responsible journalism.

The book is set in the community of Banesville, which has an economy almost entirely dependent on apple growers. Several bad harvests have the farmers and the town struggling. The mayor keeps promising a community redevelopment project without providing any details. The ensuing conflict --- pitting town farmers against the forces of commerce with an inevitable showdown against a bulldozer --- has a hint of melodrama some readers may have encountered before.

The story's villains --- a turban-wearing psychic, a muckraking journalist who goes by the name of Pen Piedmont, and an unscrupulous mayor --- are also stock characters from melodrama, as is the mysterious "haunted" house at the center of the controversy.

It is the other characters in the novel --- the "good guys" --- who make PEELED worth reading. Hildy's plucky heroism puts her in the company of other teenage sleuths. What makes her unique is her methods of investigation and reporting. Her extensive research and interviewing techniques provide excellent models for effective and responsible investigative journalism. Her journalism teacher --- a man who is clearly far more experienced and talented than his work as an advisor for a school newspaper would indicate --- is also an intriguing, original character.

But Hildy's biggest supporter is Minska, a Polish immigrant who grew up under Poland's repressive Communist regime. Minska tells her about Poland's solidarity movement and the prominent role female journalists played in the underground press:

"'They called the women in the underground press the Dark Circles,' she said. 'because they didn't get enough sleep; they wrote night and day. When you have something so important, something that you'll stay awake for, something you know that you were designed to do, well, it's worth getting a few dark circles, don't you think?'"

Drawing inspiration from Minska's stories about Poland's solidarity movement, Hildy and the rest of her school newspaper's staff run their underground newspaper from the back room of Minska's restaurant. Together they provide the momentum to get other members of the community to stand up for themselves.

PEELED works best as a fable about a community facing a campaign of fear-mongering to influence their behavior to the advantage of those who would control them. The book takes the often tedious work of investigative reporting and makes it interesting and relevant to the experience of young people. It is also a reminder that teens are an important part of every community and that the work they do matters.

--- Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 1 May 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Banesville's newspaper, The Bee, has been printing stories about the town's old haunted house and stirring up fear in the town. Hildy Biddle, a reporter for the high school newspaper, The Core, wants to know just who, or what, is haunting Banesville.

Banesville is a quiet little town where the whole economy revolves around producing and selling apples...it's a whole way of life. It seems that because of the old haunted house and the sensationalism that The Bee has stirred up, a very large company wants to build a haunted amusement park revolving around the old Ludlow house. Hildy thinks the editor of The Bee is more interested in sensationalism and selling papers than he is in telling the truth, and now someone is trying to make the apple farmers sell out at below market price to make room for the proposed amusement park.

It's true that there have been reports of eerie, strange happenings and ghostly sightings, but Hildy and her friends at The Core are out to disprove the rumors and save the farmers. Their conflict with the editor of the rival newspaper causes the school to shut down publication of The Core, but Hildy isn't going to let that stop her. Together, can the kids figure out some way to keep the amusement park out and keep the apple country intact?

Bauer specializes in warm, funny, but strong characters, with witty dialogue, and is a genius at plotting exciting, very entertaining stories. PEELED is one of her best. Hildy stays true to her commitment to the town and her dream to be a great journalist as she struggles to overcome obstacles and expose the truth. Her leadership is inspirational as she confronts the established newspaper and its editor to try to save a way of life.

Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
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