By Mel Conner

On his 25-year trip from ninth grade hellion to offbeat junior excessive instructor to wasting-away district administrator, Leo Haldini unearths, loses after which seeks to regain his religion in schooling, giving us a hard-headed, light-hearted examine the sweetness and madness of yank schools.

1978: Leo, the recent child at Fernwater Junior excessive, falls in with a band of illiterate punks, armed with whiskey, suits and a blowgun. opposed to all odds, Leo grows a backbone, develops a sense of right and wrong, and discovers there's extra to existence than terrorizing Mr. Krabke, his delusionally positive historical past teacher.

1994: Returning to FJH to educate, Leo mentors whiz childrens Gizmo and Anjuli, whereas motivating slackers who think about ipecac to be a leisure drug. He locks horns with valuable Krabke over problems with ethics and efficacy. may lifestyles be extra maddening and pleasing?

2003: Leo is buried to his butt in trying out info on the district place of work, a.k.a. loopy city, run by way of his nemesis Dr. Krabke. Anjuli and Gizmo name with a query that would rework all in their lives in unexpected methods. For Leo, that suggests reassessing his personal profession: remain? pass? move where?

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