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How to Get Suspended and Influence People 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 normalAfter researching the avant garde movement, Leon crafts his video in the style of Fellini La Dolce Pubert It s deeply disturbing yet comfortingBut 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

  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • How to Get Suspended and Influence People
  • Adam Selzer
  • English
  • 01 June 2019
  • 0385733690

About the Author: Adam Selzer

Adam Selzer blocked Goodreads on his computer for years but now he s on here, so let him have it His first book was HOW TO GET SUSPENDED AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE now available in a Now With More Swearing edition, his next one is PLAY ME BACKWARDS for satanic young adults , and his best known is probably I KISSED A ZOMBIE AND I LIKED IT, a Twilight satire that was not marketed as a satire.He also writes the SMART ALECK S GUIDE series and has published a bunch of Chicago history ghostlore books You can also find him under the name SJ Adams, the name he used for SPARKS THE EPIC, COMPLETELY TRUE BLUE ALMOST HOLY QUEST OF DEBBIE, which won a Stonewall honor and made the YALSA popular paperback list.



10 thoughts on “How to Get Suspended and Influence People

  1. Ms. Yingling Ms. Yingling says:

    I was fully prepared to hate this book In fact, I am not quite sure why I even wanted to read it, since it was about a gifted student who was making a sex ed video for a class The fact that the author looked 12 also gave me pause.I loved this book.Never mind the painful epiphany this morning that yeah, I should identifywith the parents Since my daughter is 13, I should, shouldn t I Not only will students want to read this because of the topic, the cartoon cover, and the great Danzig I was fully prepared to hate this book In fact, I am not quite sure why I even wanted to read it, since it was about a gifted student who was making a sex ed video for a class The fact that the author looked 12 also gave me pause.I loved this book.Never mind the painful epiphany this morning that yeah, I should identifywith the parents Since my daughter is 13, I should, shouldn t I Not only will students want to read this because of the topic, the cartoon cover, and the great Danzigeresque title, it was a good book.I m still trying to stop reading Lenora Mattingly Weber I m on the 3rd Katie Rose book and can t stop , so you d think that this book would have sent me into culture shock I like how Booklist described it occasional cussing bullshit , and mostly abstract references to sex Rather like Lynch s Slot Machine, this book walks along the line but never falls over On page 68, Selzer even mentions the f word which would cause his mother s eyes to bug out, inless it was being said by someone with a British accent For some reason, she found it less offensive coming from the British Librarians everywhere are grateful Like Mr Streich, I just want to avoid a fight It was this sort of mastery of language and wit that made me chuckle every couple of pages Not as laugh out loud and quote to my family funny in the way that Sonnenblick is and why are these young gentlemen channeling Paula with their titles but the humor ispervasive I loved the parents I collect cookbooks from the 50 s and never thought of actually trying things like green bean and applesauce casseroles, even though it would be an excellent way to torture my children and I m dissappointed that I never thought of it myself.I liked the character development Even Ms Smollett wasn t completely evil, just evil enough to dislike Of course, I can never let my son read this, because he will try to convince his teachers that he is a satanist Any and I will be gushing There are not enough funny books for boys, so this made my day

  2. Christina Christina says:

    8th grader Leon is in gifted classes, he s smart but a bit of a slacker When his health class is assigned to make health topic videos to show to the 6th graders, however, he gets excited about making a sex education video for them He s learning about avant garde art and decides to make a really avant garde video, with random photos of nude art and a jazzy soundtrack and a voiceover poem created by a friend of his He s sure it will be like nothing those kids have ever seen before it ll get th 8th grader Leon is in gifted classes, he s smart but a bit of a slacker When his health class is assigned to make health topic videos to show to the 6th graders, however, he gets excited about making a sex education video for them He s learning about avant garde art and decides to make a really avant garde video, with random photos of nude art and a jazzy soundtrack and a voiceover poem created by a friend of his He s sure it will be like nothing those kids have ever seen before it ll get their attention and help them know that everything they re going through is perfectly normal However, when the conservative gifted ed teacher sees the video and hears the narration mention whacking off , she becomes irate and forbids it from being shown to any students and Leon is put into in school suspension His classmates rally on his behalf, and his health teacher gives him an A for creativity a copy of the video gets spread around school so everyone who wants to see it gets to anyway Interesting premise, and it was entertaining there s a subplot about his inventor father, who hates Thomas Edison with a passion and can t ever invent anything practical , but it s not the best written book I ve ever read

  3. Gwen the Librarian Gwen the Librarian says:

    Leon is one of the kids in the gifted pool of his junior high While he considers himself a metal head to avoid being labeled nerd, Leon feels like he comes from pretty pathetic stock His dad loves to come up with things that have already been invented and his mom s hobby is to cook really gross food from other eras, like the 1950 s At least the other kids in the gifted pool are pretty cool, rebellious kids When Leon s teacher assigns a project to make new films for the younger grades, Leon c Leon is one of the kids in the gifted pool of his junior high While he considers himself a metal head to avoid being labeled nerd, Leon feels like he comes from pretty pathetic stock His dad loves to come up with things that have already been invented and his mom s hobby is to cook really gross food from other eras, like the 1950 s At least the other kids in the gifted pool are pretty cool, rebellious kids When Leon s teacher assigns a project to make new films for the younger grades, Leon chooses to make a sex ed film He figures that there are lots of things kids need to know that never get mentioned in the old films and he sets out to make the best, most memorable sex ed film he can To get around the censors, Leon decides he will use nudes from famous paintings no one can object to great art, right Wrong Before Leon s film is even finished, he gets in big trouble Will his new infamy land him in the doghouse or make him really popular This hilarious look at censorship is engaging and depicts a realistic school social class system

  4. Rekha Rekha says:

    Leon s parents are very eccentric His father is an inventor of things that already exist, and his mother s hobby is to make dinners out of out dated cookbooks that are as hideous as she can make them, just to be ironic He has learned one thing from them, and that is to honor your creativity, no matter what A smart but rebellious thirteen year old, Leon decides to take a school assignment and run with it he decides to make an avant garde sex education movie Leon gets suspended for his effort Leon s parents are very eccentric His father is an inventor of things that already exist, and his mother s hobby is to make dinners out of out dated cookbooks that are as hideous as she can make them, just to be ironic He has learned one thing from them, and that is to honor your creativity, no matter what A smart but rebellious thirteen year old, Leon decides to take a school assignment and run with it he decides to make an avant garde sex education movie Leon gets suspended for his efforts, and has to defend his creation This is a funny, somewhat edgy novel for middle school age kids, and the dialogue rings true

  5. Calvin Read Calvin Read says:

    Love the premise, love the message, didn t care much for the execution.Maybe it s because I m an adult reading a book aimed at middle schoolers This book isn t meant for me But it reads like an actual eighth grader wrote it.

  6. Tiana Tiana says:

    I think Adam writes for young people His charisma and enthusiasm really does draw adventurous teenagers to all of his books Marvelous

  7. Julie Decker Julie Decker says:

    Leon s a gifted kid and has a few odd friends who think on his level, but he s also a middle school boy and often thinks like one For an assignment, he creates an educational film and decides his subject will be a no holds barred sex education film inspired by the avant garde style he s picked up an admiration for through love interest Anna However, when his frank references to masturbation and less clinical representations of sexuality are NOT well received by Mrs Smollet, the school s cons Leon s a gifted kid and has a few odd friends who think on his level, but he s also a middle school boy and often thinks like one For an assignment, he creates an educational film and decides his subject will be a no holds barred sex education film inspired by the avant garde style he s picked up an admiration for through love interest Anna However, when his frank references to masturbation and less clinical representations of sexuality are NOT well received by Mrs Smollet, the school s conservative grump, Leon is faced with suspension The ensuing clash between the supposed voice of decency and the eager voices against censorship catches Leon in the middle, handing him the reins of a campaign he did not exactly mean to start What will become of his educational future Leon and his friends are funny in fact, sometimes a bit too clever with their dialogue and some of their discussions and motivations are 100% spot on while others felt a little too constructed for me mostly because they were so witty, lending the dialogue tasting of can some of the time The beginning was rough for me when Leon does so much talking to the audience about his middle name and his family, but that smooths out later on and feelsnatural I liked Leon s balance between actually caring about his material and basically just wanting to push the envelope the author did a really good job capturing the essence of gifted kid goofiness

  8. Brandon Will Brandon Will says:

    Leon Harris Here s a very real young guy who, through his junior high hi jinks is searching albeit fumbling for meaning, trying to express the beliefs he s slowly realizing he has The overall voice isauthenitc in a true way, rather than just sassy to be sassy, like so many young adult novels are currently The assignment each of the students in the giften pool are to make an educational video to be shown to the younger students Drawing on memories of the guilt that come with rag Leon Harris Here s a very real young guy who, through his junior high hi jinks is searching albeit fumbling for meaning, trying to express the beliefs he s slowly realizing he has The overall voice isauthenitc in a true way, rather than just sassy to be sassy, like so many young adult novels are currently The assignment each of the students in the giften pool are to make an educational video to be shown to the younger students Drawing on memories of the guilt that come with raging and confusing hormones that result from all the ordinary secrets the adults around him cling to, from no one ever really just telling him the basics, from the worry that the sexual feelings a guy has that he worries are weird because he doesn t know every guy has em young Leon decides to take those answers he had to figure out the hard way and cram them in a sex ed film but to make it really artsy and avant garde because then you can say its art and people aren t supposed to be mad at you if it s art He s in for a crash course in some of our society s pitfalls I heartily recomend this one I was reminded of the fumbling, innocent, emerging way of thinking and figuring things out on your own that I haven t thought like in years Because I had to fucking go and grow up

  9. Meagan Meagan says:

    This teen novel will likely appeal to librarian types because of its focus on information creation and intellectual freedom issues That s right up our alley For non librarian types, the story is about a middle schooler who gets an assignment to create a health video for sixth and seventh graders He, like any other normal teen boy, chooses sex ed in case there s any chance of filming some nudity In the end his video comes to meanto him, especially in light of the fact that it gets him s This teen novel will likely appeal to librarian types because of its focus on information creation and intellectual freedom issues That s right up our alley For non librarian types, the story is about a middle schooler who gets an assignment to create a health video for sixth and seventh graders He, like any other normal teen boy, chooses sex ed in case there s any chance of filming some nudity In the end his video comes to meanto him, especially in light of the fact that it gets him suspended.Lots of great intellectual freedom issues here, and the best part is that the author doesn t bother to hit you over the head with them It s all laid out in a story where a teen is really just interested in bucking the system and ruffling some feathers, with a core of actually being offended by the censorship There s an interesting scene where a teacher claims that it s not censorship because the school has the right to determine what s appropriate, but I m pretty sure it was censorship The school does act in loco parentis, but it s not like the kid made anything all that salacious It wasn t pornography An interesting debate I m not sure if it s got wide teen appeal, but it s a fast read at 183 pages which could make it a popular choice for assignments

  10. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Jeremey for TeensReadToo.comEighth grader Leon has a project in his class for gifted and talented students Each student must make his or her own educational video to show the lower classmen What subject do you think a hormonal teenager will choose Of course, sex education Despite his wanting to see pictures of naked people, Leon wants to show the kids that puberty is normal Hair grows, things change, you have certain urges, and everything s like a big explosion With his friend, Reviewed by Jeremey for TeensReadToo.comEighth grader Leon has a project in his class for gifted and talented students Each student must make his or her own educational video to show the lower classmen What subject do you think a hormonal teenager will choose Of course, sex education Despite his wanting to see pictures of naked people, Leon wants to show the kids that puberty is normal Hair grows, things change, you have certain urges, and everything s like a big explosion With his friend, Anna, Leon creates an avant garde sex ed video, which is informative, but kind of weird Before showing it to the lower classmen, Leon first debuts it to his teacher, Mrs Smollet, who finds it immoral and disgusting Naturally, she goes to the principal, who suspends Leon During his suspension, the townspeople debate over Leon s sex education video Is it too graphic for sixth and seventh graders After this huge debate will Leon be allowed to show his video and come back to school, or be expelled forever Adam Selzer creates a funny and enjoyable book The characters are well written and defined You ll enjoy this book and laugh throughout this is a book you don t want to miss

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