A Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist debuts with a hilarious book that is ideal for classroom read-alouds. Irreverent, perceptive Raven Royce guarantees that her school is the absolute worst and dares readers to argue with her. She and her classmates wear rubber boots to slosh through the hallways of their dark, leaky school that is built underground. She has--literally--a robotic teacher, Mrs. Rust, and the students must make sure their lunches don't end up airborne when the meal selections are whooshed down the assembly-line slide. Kids will love Toles's sense of humor and funny, offbeat characters, especially Raven's snooty older sister, Angelica. The chapters are short, manageable vignettes that tie together nicely--and happily--in the end. Middle-schoolers, including reluctant readers, will want more fast-paced, attention-grabbing books about Raven Royce and her wacky school.