professornana (professornana) wrote,

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I really enjoyed Adam Selzer's first book, HOW TO GET SUSPENDED AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE. He follows that up with PIRATES OF THE RETAIL WASTELAND. Back again are the members of the "gifted pool": Leon, Anna, Dustin, to name a few. The new gifted teacher (they ran off poor Mrs. Smollet in the first book though she is now in the high school and I suspect they might catch up with her later) suggests that the students create a project about the town in which they live. Leon and his compadres decide to become pirates and take over the chain coffee store that is threatening the local place, Sip. Of course, there will be a film; Leon is famous or infamous for that.

The entire cast of characters of this novel is memorable. From the coach who tells everyone to drop and give him 20 to the McHobo employee of the retail chain coffee store, to Leon's own father who is seeking a better hair dye (and loses his own hair in the process) and his parents who adopt a different cooking style and GO FOR IT, readers will find the kernel of self effacing humor in each. There are precious few books that show gifted kids for what they can be: miscreants intent on bending all the rules as far as they can before they break. Since I have a resident GT kid, and since I taught in that same gifted pool for a few years, I know the type well. Selzer captures them with all their spirit, their quick thinking, their sense of humor, and their ability to find logic when there is none apparent.

Tags: funny books, humor, reading, ya books, ya literature
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