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It's a Weird, Weird School

It's a Weird, Weird School

by Stephen Mooser

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Carrie and Jamie, best friends at Madison Junior High, embark on a fun-filled week running the school, but find there are drawbacks to responsibility. Carrie earns the honor of being the school board president during the annual Youth Runs the City Day. Because of the incompetence of the principal and the fact that the Citizens for Decency have removed books from the library and closed it, Carrie, acting as board president, moves that the Youth Day School Board become the permanent school board, and the motion is passed. One of Carrie's first acts is to make Jamie the school principal. Chaos quickly ensues, and in the process of laughing at Jamie's actions, readers learn about the responsibility of running a school to benefit the majority. As in Judie Angell's The Weird Disappearance of Jordan Hall (Orchard Bks, 1987), readers must accept the premise of the impossible happening, but after that there is a logical sequence to the story. Mooser's book is better though, because it deals with issues such as book censorship, power, and accountablity. Aside from the initial preposterousness, this is a realistic look at school life. --Joanne K. Hammond, J. Frank Faust Junior High School, Chambersburg, PA

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