Breaking News

Coming in Spring 2022 from Regal House Publishing and Fitzroy Books

New middle grade literature from author, Frank Morelli. Check out the author’s page @ Fitzroy Books for more information.

Breaking News is a contemporary middle grade epistolary novel told in the often conflicting journal entries, field notes, audio files, and school newspaper articles of three eighth grade students dedicated to searching for the truth…or maybe shielding us from it.

Things don’t usually come to a screeching halt at the RAT, also known as Ridgewood Arts & Technical School, Ridgewood City’s most prestigious progressive institution. But that’s what happens when Headmistress Hardaway interrupts class and proclaims, “A scandal has rocked the fundraising committee!” Everyone’s a suspect and Hunter Jackson, student council special investigator, vows to root out the student who’s heartless enough to steal donation money or die the death of a thousand forensic notes trying.

He’s not alone. Ridgewood Roar news editor, Anthony Ravello, and the rogue, indie-press pioneer, Liberty Lennon, plan to do some journalistic digging of their own as they race each other to scoop the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to their faithful readers…or at least their versions of it.

With reality getting murkier by the day, all students at the RAT can do is gobble up news bytes and wash them down with lockerside gossip as they try to unmask the classmate responsible for the missing funds.