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This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall (1978)

by Gordon Korman

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  tmquitshaw | Dec 26, 2011 |
Who better to know what kind of story middle school readers will enjoy than another middle schooler. Gordon Korman was twelve when he wrote this, and it shows. Very simple, very quick, but very amusing. I recently introduced this series to my daughter and she ate them up. I reread a couple of them and they are just as enjoyable as I remember from my youth. This is not literature, but it is and enoyable way to spend an hour. My personal favorite Gordon Korman book is No Coins Please, but the Bruno and Boots books, including This Can't Be Happening at McDonald Hall, are all fun reads. ( )
  ASBiskey | May 22, 2011 |
Do you like pulling pranks? What about getting on your principal's nerves? If you said yes to any of those questions, then Boots O'Neal is your perfect friend. He is adventurous, rascallike, and romantic. Boots is the ideal guy friend, and here's why.

Boots is an adventurous young lad. He and Bruno would sneak out of their dorm rooms at night over to Miss Scrimmage's academy for girls to meet up with their soon-to-be girlfriends and their friends. They would talk and have a little party in the girls' dorm rooms. Not only the girls' academy, but they will also explore the rest of the neightbourhood.

Being rascallike is what Boots is best at. He and Bruno would always go around their boarding school pulling pranks. One of their most famous pranks was changing their national anthem to "The Strip". So when "The Strip" came on, all the boys started dancing and the school was chaotic. Another one of my favourite pranks was when he pranked George, and told him he had a rare disease of red splotches on his face. To top it off, he had made a fake newspaper article on it to persuade George that he had "Creeping Caliotis" and that he was going to die if he didn't stay in bed.

Even though Boots is a rascal, he can also be a romantic guy- for the ladies. He can't help himself from using cheesy pick up lines on the girls of Miss Scrimmage's Girls Academy (Diane and Cathy). In the end, he and Diane end up together as a couple. ( )
  coldwoman999 | Feb 20, 2011 |
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East of Toronto, just off Highway 48, you will find a beautiful tree-lined campus right across from the famous Miss Scrimmage's Finishing School for Young Ladies.
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As they seem to be at the bottom of every prank at Macdonald Hall, the headmaster decides to separate roommates Bruno and Boots, but to little avail.

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