Realistic (fiction), 1,462 words, Level U (Grade 4), Lexile 800L
The Whitmore Weekly needs an editor, and Noni's not sure she's the right person for the job. Yet while her friends argue about who should become the next editor, Noni quietly takes charge. When the school mascot goes missing, everyone but Noni is ready to accuse a student from another school. Noni is determined to get to the bottom of this mascot mystery. She uses her journalistic skills to crack the case, report the truth, and turn out a great issue.
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