If you said that Thaddeus has a lot of ideas, it would be an understatement. If you can think of a system, Thaddeus has an idea to improve it. Unfortunately, it turns out that many adults and middle school students don't appreciate it when a well-meaning person offers suggestions, so Thaddeus finds himself in trouble. In-school suspension trouble. This book is the story of his defense to the school principal. If you thought setting his pastor's robe on fire or accidentally choking a room full of senior citizens was the most outrageous thing Thaddeus could do, you'd be mistaken.
This book is quite funny, with a wide range of appeal. Portions of the story are told in a non-traditional format, including comics drawn by Thaddeus, as well as letters and notes passed between different characters that make up his case file for his defense. Thaddeus is a well-intentioned character, and is not deliberately seeking to harm anyone. He is dealing with the death of his father, who was an efficiency expert, so his mother suggests to the principal that Thaddeus has taken his efficiency mission to the extreme.
Not sure how many bus trips you have been on, but it takes very little to get a busload of kids freaking out. The driver clips one curb on a turn and you would think someone's head had exploded in the rear seat.
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