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Merits of Mischief: The Bad Apple by T. R. Burns

Book Summary

This is the first book in the Merits of Mischief series. Seamus is a good kid, but a terrible accident leads him to a strange kind of reform school. It turns out to be a school for Troublemakers, where behaving badly is, well, good. Is it right to find success by breaking all the rules?
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The Bad Apple

Book Review

There are a lot of appealing elements in this book.  It's fast-paced and includes unexpected characters and technological gizmos that make trouble-making more imaginative than usual.  There is more emphasis on plot than character, but it scratches the surface of some interesting questions about right and wrong.  This would be a good book to recommend for independent reading to any student who loves action and humor.

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Faculty members . . . will teach you specific skills useful in surprising, scaring, or otherwise messing with adults."  p. 54

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Ethics; Choosing the Right Thing
  • Strategy
  • Action - Adventure

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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