When Seamus Hinkle accidentally kills his substitute teacher with an apple, he is sent to a high-security reform school to learn how to behave.
When Seamus Hinkle accidentally kills his substitute teacher with an apple, he is sent to a high-security reform school to learn how to behave. What he is actually taught, however, is how to misbehave.
At the Kilter Academy for Troubled Youth, math does not involve numbers, but, rather, personal belongings. Biology teaches how to make use of bodily functions. And his private training lessons teach him how to shoot paintballs at unsuspecting students and teachers alike. Good grades are achieved by misdemeanors and sneakery.
Seamus, wishing to be a good, well-behaved kid, fights the Academy at every chance. He is very uncomfortable in this environment of opposites, not least because he has an arsonist as a roommate.
But he turns out to be a natural Troublemaker. Seamus must make a choice between fighting the unaccustomed rules and embracing them.
“Merits of Mischief: The Bad Apple” by T.R. Burns is a fast-paced adventure that will make you laugh aloud and keep you on the edge of your seat all at once. A highly entertaining novel, “The Bad Apple” is told from the unique and interesting point of view of Seamus Hinkle, a boy trying to sort out if being bad is right or wrong. The ending is satisfying, yet makes it clear that another book will be following, as it leaves many questions unanswered.
This book is great fun for all ages, and, although the book is recommended for ages 8 to 12, I find that it is good for anyone who wishes to explore a topsy-turvy world where bad is the new good. “Merits of Mischief: The Bad Apple” lists that the on-sale date is May 1st. Be the first in line- maybe you’ll get some extra demerits!