CM . . . . Volume XIX Number 11 . . . . November 16, 2012
Raymond Jardine is desperate to spend his summer in Greece. He’s tired of working at his uncle’s fish plant during the holiday, and he wants to see if “the magical luck” of Theamelpos, Greece, will bring good fortune and happiness into his life like it has for others who visited the area. When Raymond discovers the basketball star of the high school, Sean Delancey, has signed up for one of the six coveted spots available on the trip, he decides to use Sean’s popularity to his advantage. He convinces Sean they can both be selected to go on the trip if they work together to improve their grades and their standing in the school. Unfortunately, the poet they pick to study to improve their English grade has only written one poem, and he’s dead. The Halloween party they volunteer to organize for the school ends with the arrival of the fire department, and the fake hockey team they put together becomes more real than they envisioned. The friends, who bond over their affection for a certain classmate, learn that lies and deceit come at a price, and that results often come about by hard work, not luck.
Readers who enjoy the humour in This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall will appreciate the antics in this re-released edition (originally published in 1985). Raymond and Sean are likeable, well-rounded characters who have memorable personalities and quirks. In a secondary plot line, technology goes awry in the high school and in Sean’s home. This creates drama during the school day and tension in Sean’s family. The story concludes with a happy ending that surprises and an epilogue that hints on how ‘luck’ will continue to plague Raymond’s future.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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