How to Get Suspended and Influence People
By Adam Selzer
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385733694, 192pp.
Publication Date: February 13, 2007
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It all starts with an assignment. Leon's "gifted and talented" class has to make educational videos for the sixth and seventh graders. Leon originally chooses "sex ed" as his subject in the hopes of showing a flash of boob. But as time goes on, his project starts to mean something. He wants to tell the younger kids that puberty is tough, but what they're going through is normal.
After researching the avant-garde movement, Leon crafts his video in the style of Fellini: La Dolce Pubert. It's deeply disturbing yet comforting.
But when the gifted program's director sees it, she suspends Leon—and he finds himself at the center of a townwide debate over censorship. Who gets to decide how far is too far?
Adam Selzer lives in downtown Chicago. In addition to his work as a tour guide and assistant ghost-buster (really), he moonlights as a rock star. Check him out on the Web at www.adamselzer.com.
“In his debut, Selzer manages to capture the voice of a smarter-thanaverage young teen as he humorously observes his parents, the teachers and his classmates. . . . There’s definite appeal in the ‘kid-wins-over-teacher’ plot and some real laughs along the way to victory.”—Kirkus Reviews
From the Paperback edition.