How to Get Suspended and Influence People by Adam Selzer

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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 normal.

After researching the avant-garde movement, Leon crafts his video in the style of Fellini: La Dolce Pubert. It's deeply disturbing yet comforting.

But 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?

About Adam Selzer

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Adam Selzer lives in downtown Chicago. In addition to his work as a tour guide and assistant ghost-buster (really), he moonlights as a rock star. Check him out on the Web at
Published April 17, 2013 by Open Etc. 194 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mrs. Smollet finds out and gets Leon suspended for “morals violations.” His friends leak the story to the other students, and Leon becomes a folk hero with great results.

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