December 2013, Smashwords, 254 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Themes: vending machine giving gross drink combos, staff turning into spies, rebellious students, hilarious school play, school inspection, entertaining school fete, cake stall that doesn't have cakes to sell, homework excuses
Content: Lots of laughs, mild romance
Summary from Smashwords
A hilarious adventure novel about school life at disastrous Murkworth School. The despairing English teacher Mr Yadav must save the rotten, crumbling walls and reform the troublesome, ghastly pupils before the school is forced to close down.
This story made me smile a lot, which is an important feature of a book. I have no words for some of the antics both the teachers and pupils get up to-they are a law unto themselves, forging ahead with crazy, half-baked and not thought out ideas which never end exactly as planned (spilled lemonade, anyone?) It makes for a truly hilarious read which I enjoyed a lot. I'd have preferred to have a bit more focus on the students earlier on instead of later, and occasionally the pacing was a bit slow, but otherwise its a fantastic read and I recommend it to brighten your day.
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For another school with issues check out Recess Rules by Jill Vialet (Children's, 9 years +, 8/10E)