How to Get Suspended and Influence People

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Delacorte Press, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 183 pages
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It all starts with an assignment. Leon's "gifted and talented" class has to make educational videos for the sixth and seventh graders. Leon originally chooses "sex ed" as his subject in the hopes of showing a flash of boob. But as time goes on, his project starts to mean something. He wants to tell the younger kids that puberty is tough, but what they're going through is normal.

After researching the avant-garde movement, Leon crafts his video in the style of Fellini:La Dolce Pubert.It's deeply disturbing yet comforting.

But when the gifted program's director sees it, she suspends Leon—and he finds himself at the center of a townwide debate over censorship. Who gets to decide how far is too far?

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User Review  - terriko - LibraryThing

There's this myth that gifted kids are always quiet academic types with good grades, but this depicts gifted kids the way I've always known them: troublemakers with more than enough brains to figure ... Read full review

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User Review  - SandyStiles - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book about a boy who makes an avant garde film in 8th grade on sex ed. It featured pictures from classic artists of naked people so he gets suspended from school. Good book for higher-level ms reader. Read full review

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Adam Selzer lives in downtown Chicago. In addition to his work as a tour guide and assistant ghost-buster (really), he moonlights as a rock star. Check him out on the Web at

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