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Billed as a ""sort-of novel,"" this is barely that. The sort-of plot, as it surfaces now and then, concerns 10th-grader Billy Bumbry's pursuit of senior Rae Lee Moonstar (she seems to be avoiding him) and the town of Voleville's pursuit of the fortune hidden by the recently deceased local millionaire Sanford lambert Osgood-Thorndike. Much of the action (if that's what it is) takes place in a series of domes that make up the new Sanford Lambert Osgood-Thorndike High School--SLOTHS for short--and is conveyed, outside of the diary entries, through items in the school paper, Kay Passo's column in the town paper, comic strips, report-card comments, selected questions from the SAP test, transcriptions of Billy Bumbry's sessions with People Person Desmond Toad at the SLOTHS Cope Center, and bureaucratic memos issued by the principal, Mr. Frisbee. One of these, mandating the wearing of hardhats in the yet-unfinished school, ends "". . . any family which cannot afford the added burden of the expense of a nonbudgeted hardhat should contact the school office and arrangements will be precipitated."" Students and teachers have names like Gene Poole, Helen Gone, Clara Sill, Mai Ignant, and Mr. Oatmeal. Midway Mr. Chansett declares the building safe and lifts the hardhat requirement. Think of it as a very junior version of what used to be called college humor, with a sort-of character to string the jokes together and enough breaks and variety in format to keep the pages turning.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1982
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard