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The Bad Apple

The Bad Apple

(Book #1 of Merits of Mischief)
For Ages: 8 - 12
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“It’s easy to get drawn into this fast-paced, funny, and entertaining adventure” (Publishers Weekly) about a school where making trouble is highly encouraged.

Twelve-year-old Seamus Hinkle is a good kid with a perfect school record—until the day of the unfortunate apple incident.

Seamus is immediately shipped off to a detention facility—only to discover that Kilter Academy is actually a school to mold future Troublemakers, where demerits are awarded as a prize for bad behavior and each student is tasked to pull various pranks on their teachers in order to excel. Initially determined to avoid any more mishaps, Seamus nonetheless inadvertently emerges as a uniquely skilled troublemaker. Together with new friends Lemon and Elinor, he rises to the top of his class while beginning to discover that Kilter Academy has some major secrets and surprises in store….
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442440302 | 
  • June 2013 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Merits of Mischief: The Bad Apple is the start of a fun and hilarious new middle-grade series that has trouble written all over it.

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Chapter 1

At exactly 11:17 every Fish Stick Tuesday, I raise my hand in algebra class and make a very important announcement.

“Seamus Hinkle,” Mr. McGill will say, peering at me over the tops of his dusty glasses. “To what do I owe the honor?”

“I need to use the restroom,” I’ll say.

“I need to go on a permanent tropical vacation. Is there a pass for that?”

This is Mr. McGill’s idea of a joke. Not bad, considering he’s a math teacher who memorizes pi for fun.

“The period’s almost over,” he’ll continue.... see more

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