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Selzer, Adam. How to get suspended and influence people.

SELZER, Adam. How to get suspended and influence people. Random House, Delacorte. 192p. c2007. 978-0-385-73369-4. $15.99. (Lib. bdg: 978-0385-90384-4. $17.99.) J

Eighth-grader Leon is in the advanced studies class, and their latest assignment is to make a health and safety "advisory" video to show to younger students. Smart aleck Leon chooses sex education as his topic. He plans to make his video avant-garde and arty, hoping to get away with showing nudity (from famous paintings): he titles it "La Dolce Pubert." He enlists his friends to help him, especially Anna, on whom he has a crush. Naturally, Leon runs afoul of a prim teacher and ends up suspended, but the whole school hears of his project and he finds he's become a minor celebrity.

This first novel features some memorable characters, such as Leon's kooky parents: his father fancies himself an inventor, and they're "food disaster hobbyists," trying all kinds of awful recipes from old cookbooks. The action feels a bit dragged out, but junior high students will be entertained by Leon's wiseass comments (with occasional profanity). Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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