The Crimes and Punishments of Miss Payne by Barry Jonsberg

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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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About Barry Jonsberg

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Barry Jonsberg teaches high school English in Darwin, Australia. Am I Right or Am I Right? was the winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature, one of Australia's most competitive literary awards.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published February 20, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Calma and Kiffo go way back, so Calma insists on helping Kiffo stake out Miss Payne’s house in the hopes of discovering evidence to confirm the theory that she is a drug dealer.

Jun 14 2005 | Read Full Review of The Crimes and Punishments of...

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These very sympathetic teens have very bad attitudes toward adults, authority, and school, caused (in Kiffo's case) by an abusive father and a brother dead of a drug overdose, and (in Calma's case) by a missing dad and a mom with two jobs who's pretty much absent from her life.

Nov 13 2005 | Read Full Review of The Crimes and Punishments of...

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