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The Bad Apple
by T. R. Burns


Overview - After accidentally killing a substitute teacher with an apple, 12-year-old Seamus Hinkle is sent to Kilter Academy where, in order to excel as he always has, he must behave badly and pull pranks on his teachers. But along with new friends Lemon and Elinor, he discovers that there is more to the Academy than meets the eye.  Read more...

 
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Overview

After accidentally killing a substitute teacher with an apple, 12-year-old Seamus Hinkle is sent to Kilter Academy where, in order to excel as he always has, he must behave badly and pull pranks on his teachers. But along with new friends Lemon and Elinor, he discovers that there is more to the Academy than meets the eye.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781442440296
  • ISBN-10: 1442440295
  • Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: April 2012
  • Page Count: 337
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12

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Series: Merits of Mischief #1
 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-04-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this auspicious first entry in the Merits of Mischief series, 12-year-old Seamus Hinkle is sent to the Kilter Academy for Troubled Youth after he accidentally kills his substitute teacher, Miss Parsippany, with an apple. Upon his arrival, however, Seamus discovers that Kilter is actually a school for professional troublemakers: demerits are awarded for bad behavior, gold stars are looked down on, and students use the skills they’ve learned to trick their teachers. Despite his best efforts (and lingering guilt over the death of Miss Parsippany), Seamus appears to be a natural-born troublemaker. Burns (aka author Tricia Rayburn) has hold of a fantastic premise—what’s not to like about a school where pranks and destruction are encouraged and an arsenal of troublemaking devices are available for purchase? It’s easy to get drawn into this fast-paced, funny, and entertaining adventure, filled with sympathetic, eccentric, and mischievously talented characters. At its heart, it’s a story about the importance of individuality and being a good friend, and a last-minute twist will leave readers hungry for the next book. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (May)

 
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