“It was an accident. Really. When Seamus Hinkle threw that apple across the cafeteria during a food fight on Fish Stick Tuesday, the last thing he wanted was to take down Miss Parsippany. But now his substitute teacher’s gone, and so is Seamus -- to Kilter Academy, the best reform school for the country’s worst kids.” (from the jacket) Twelve-year-old Seamus Hinkle is a good kid with a perfect school record—until the day he accidently kills his substitute teacher with an apple. He is immediately shipped off to a “reform school”—only to discover that Kilter Academy is actually a school to mold future Troublemakers, where demerits are awarded as a prize for bad behavior and each student must to pull various pranks on their teachers in order to excel. Initially determined to avoid any more mishaps, Seamus nonetheless inadvertently emerges as a uniquely skilled troublemaker. He makes a few friends at school and begins to accept that, like it or not, he is a troublemaker. This series should find a home with fans of Wimpy Kid and Judy Moody.
ISBN: 9780061243301 248 pages. Middle grades 3-8.
Recommended by: Alice Cyphers, Librarian, Pennsylvania USA