T. J. FOLGER, THIEF by Steven Kroll


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Glue, a yoyo, and baseball cards from the other kids' desks; comic books from the candy store; even the bus driver's pocket comb: T.J.'s snitching habit is sure to lead to trouble, and curiosity about just how might well carry readers through this short, slight tale. Kroll resolves it neatly but superficially by having a mysterious note-writer steal back what he finds in T.J.'s desk and direct him to return the other items to specified out-of-the-way places. Carrying out the orders leads T.J. into a lie, and for this he's confined to his room; there he receives a signed note revealing the mystery thief's identity, but that's really neither here nor there. With no evident change in the feelings of unimportance that presumably led T.J. to steal, the most you can conclude from this is that he's learned his lesson.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1978
Publisher: Holiday House