Can the least popular kid in school beat the most popular in an election? Maybe, if the unpopular kid’s Boris Snodbuckle.
Seventh-graders Boris and Adrian, both white judging from the cover, are best friends. Dreamer Boris always has an operation in mind or in progress, and Adrian’s there to assist. The operations all have noble aims, but they don’t always go as planned—like the toy drive that netted almost nothing and the attempt to keep teachers from using Styrofoam cups that ended in the boys’ expulsion from the Environmental Club. When the friends hear that school bully Robert plans to become student-body president and make things worse at Bendale Public School for everyone except his buddies, Boris announces his candidacy (and Operation Save our School). Even though each campaign strategy backfires and ends in suspensions—or Robert getting the credit—dedicated and optimistic Boris keeps up the fight. Can they make headway without breaking their five-rule code? Adrian narrates Canadian Skuy’s story of friendship and politics. Boris’ martyr complex might turn off some (the final rule of the code is don’t squeal, which he follows to a fault), and Adrian’s florid descriptions, phrasing, and vocabulary are more college professor than smart seventh grader. However, those seeking a tale of faithful friendship and underdog success could do worse.
Especially apt for an election year. (Fiction. 8-11)