DARNELL ROCK IS not the kind of kid who volunteers to write for the newspaper it sounds too much like homework. But this is Darnell s last chance to pull himself together and make a positive contribution to his school. At first, Darnell would rather be hanging out with his sister and his friends. But soon he gets interested in the Oakdale Gazette . Much to his surprise, Darnell discovers that people pay attention to the words he writes. Before he knows it, Darnell changes from a kid who can t do anything right to a person who can make a difference."