After their ""squid-backboned"" principal, Mr. Corliss, fires the librarian because he refuses to remove such offenders as...

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IT'S A WEIRD, WEIRD SCHOOL

After their ""squid-backboned"" principal, Mr. Corliss, fires the librarian because he refuses to remove such offenders as The Catcher in the Rye and Judy Blume's books from their junior-high library, narrator Carrie is lucky enough to spearhead a coup. In what authorities envisage as an empty formality to reward good students, Carrie is made temporary school-board chair. She seizes control (legally, with the delighted backing of her lawyer dad), fires Corliss, and appoints her enthusiastic, innovative, but not-too-bright friend Jamie (who first appeared in The Hitchhiking Vampire, p. 767/C-131) as principal. Clearly familiar with his audience, Mooser has concocted a situation likely to amuse them, including plenty of irreverent--and sometimes improbably rude--dialogue. Unfortunately, the whole story is slapdash and laughably simplistic. The censorship issue is addressed on only the most superficial level; Carrie's workaholic dad's sudden interest in her (""I've missed out on so much, sweetie"") is neither parodic nor plausible. The ""real"" school-board's easy capitulation to Carrie's demands would have terminated the book midway if Mooser hadn't tacked on a few episodes of Jamie's embarrassingly inept, and not very funny, tenure as principal. A lame effort to provide light reading.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1989

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 111

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1989