Seamus Hinkle didn't mean to become a troublemaker. He didn't even mean to kill his substitute teacher, Ms. Parsippany. He only threw the apple across the cafeteria to stop the trouble. But things took a turn for the worse, and now Seamus is in reform school. Which isn't reform school at all. Kilter Academy is a place for Troublemakers: at Kilter Academy, they don't make you a "Good Samaritan". They make you even bigger troublemakers, and to pass each semester you have to prank each and every one of your teachers. All of the teachers are expecting great things from him since he is Kilter's first murderer, but Seamus doesn't want to be a Troublemaker. But, despite his effort to earn Gold Stars (the equivalent of demerits for non-troublemakers), he keeps earning demerits and is rising to the top of his class. In a very exciting and hilarious start to the Merits Of Mischief series, will Seamus pass the first semester and achieve his goal of getting Mr. Tempest with his new group, the Capital T's? Will everyone learn about Seamus' secret; why he's at Kilter?
I thought this was a great book. The cover is incredible; I have almost read all of the books Gilbert Ford has illustrated because the cover is so epic (#awesomeartist). I thought the storyline was very unique and enjoyable; I have never come across a story like this one. I think Seamus has something that most of us can relate to: trying to help out but instead turning out with a bad outcome, making us regret doing what we did. I really wonder how T.R. Burns (Tricia Rayburn) thought up a story like this one. Her writing is incredible, and the description is amazing. This book is definitely a gem that all fans of trouble and humor should read!
Action: 7 out of 10 Stars
Suspense: 8 out of 10 Stars
Well-Written: 9 out of 10 Stars
Page-Turning: 9 out of 10 Stars
Overall: 9 out of 10 Stars