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. Volume XVIII Number 33. . . .April 27, 2012
Although This Can’t be Happening at Macdonald Hall! was first published in 1978, Gordon Korman’s crazy, mischievous duo of Bruno and Boots can still cause the kids of today to laugh right out loud. Actually the whole idea of students sharing rooms in a dormitory is not so strange after years of reading about Harry Potter in Hogwarts. Harry just had to deal with black magic while the whole school and the girls’ school across the way have to deal with the antics of Bruno and Boots. These boys cause so much trouble that the principal, Mr. Sturgeon, a.k.a. The Fish, orders them to not talk to one another, and they have to ‘break in’ new roommates. The new roommates have to endure skunks in the room, runaway ants, a used stamp collection and more. The boys’ plan to be roommates with each other again goes the way most of their plans do – wrong. Finally, they accidentally become heroes and not only save the day, but they have their way as well.
The new edition’s cover is a marked improvement over the other editions in 1978 and 2003. The latest sports a large skunk standing innocently in a school hallway with students running away in the background. Students surveyed claimed they probably would not choose the old covers, but they scrambled to be the first to take out the newest. Back in 1978, the mention of a mini computer and earphones really dated the book with the spurt of new technology. The more recent editions include the Internet and use of online sources.
Sherry Faller is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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