Younger and even simpler than most of Colman's one-track stories, this concerns Paul whose problem is a hot temper and whose plague is Dick Matthews, always goading him to lose it. Paul also has a weakness for bagels and sneaks a bite when Mrs. Dennis brings some in to paint as Christmas decorations in art class; no wonder then that Paul, who lives next door to the school, is suspected when the class arrives one morning to find a mess of crumbs and half-eaten bagels all over the floor. And as Dick had dared Paul to snitch more that first day, readers might well suspect him of setting Paul up for this one. But Paul, determined to clear his name, sits up all night watching the school, and next morning he can show everyone the real culprits--a family of raccoons, one of whom he has trapped in the class trash can for evidence. Thin and contrived, though Paul has everyone's sense of classroom justice on his side.