Magaziner, Lauren Pilfer Academy, 267 pages. Dial (Penguin), 2016. $17. Content: G.
George is the thorn in his family’s side – always a clown, always in trouble, always being where he shouldn’t be. Then he is kidnapped and whisked away to Pilfer Academy, a secret school for future criminal masterminds, where one of their mottos is “Why buy something when you can steal it”. While the faculty at the academy leaves something to be desired, there is plenty of competition amongst the students to keep George on his toes. His only friend is Tabitha, the leading student in his age group. When the pair become dissatisfied with the school, they cook up a dramatic scheme that will take everyone else by surprise.
Think goofy version of H.I.V.E. – really, really goofy. The adults are worse than caricatures - they are ridiculous to an extreme, unnecessary point. It’s probably a good step up for the “I Funny” crowd. EL,
MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher