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The Crimes and Punishments of Miss Payne (2004)

by Barry Jonsberg

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The witty and poignant account of the activities of Calma and Kiffo, an unlikely pair of Year 10 students. Their cavalier approach to learning is disrupted when a fierce new English teacher, Miss Payne (aka the Pitbull), enters the classroom. ( )
  mcgarry | Nov 26, 2007 |
Kiffo and Calma think a teacher is dealing drugs and b/g to stalk her ( )
  hjyamamoto | Sep 29, 2007 |
I enjoyed reading this, although it didn't grab me. The story was interesting, if a little bit predictable, and the characters were tending toward stock-ishness. There were some genuinely touching moments. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

There were a number of different narrative devices, sample from school assignments, imaginary film scripts, call outs written in second person. I would have preferred less tricks - they were clever but distracting. ( )
  francescadefreitas | Jul 5, 2007 |
An incredibly funny story which, unfortunately contains much too much profanity for me to use in a middle school. The author does a sensational job of using figurative language to paint the hilarious story of Calma and Kiffo, two teens who are convinced that their English teacher, Miss Payne, is a drug dealer. There is a second book called, Am I Right or Am I Right. ( )
  JRlibrary | Apr 1, 2007 |
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From the moment Miss Payne (“The Hound of the Baskervilles, the English teacher from Hell. The Pitbull!”) walks into their classroom, Calma and Kiffo know she will have to go. After doing a bit of, well, teacher stalking, they are amazed to discover her having late-night rendezvous with suspicious associates. Could she be involved in the mob? The drug trade? How fabulous!

But the more they work to prove Miss Payne is crooked, the more evidence they find of her innocence. Creeping hell! A teacher this heinous has got to be guilty of something—right?

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YA. Australian author. Part quirky journal, part detective fiction, this wild and witty novel is about two unlikely friends who are unwittingly drawn into a dramatic series of events. 12 yrs+

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