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Ken Roberts.
Vancouver, BC: Groundwood Books, 1984.
96pp., paper, $5.95.
ISBN 0-88899-028-6. Distributed by Douglas & McIntyre. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Creative ability-Juvenile fiction.
Inventions-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10

Reviewed by Nancy E. Black .

Volume 13 Number 1
1985 January

Reminiscent of Gordon Korman's style and ability to create bizarre yet believable situations, Ken Roberts's humorous Crazy Ideas is a must for the paperback rack.

In a town in which administrators encourage the development of crazy schemes, Christine must come up with a crazy but workable idea in order to graduate from junior high. After watching the demolition of a building and noting spectator interest, she devises the Do-it-Yourself Demolition project. She does not bargain for the vindictive, vengeful streak of Mr. Hopman, owner of the town demolition company, who attempts to sabotage Christine's efforts from the very beginning.

While the plot is a little thin, it does move from action to action at a good pace with punchy dialogue. Although the protagonist's age is around thirteen, the book will not likely appeal to readers that age. The book's appearance, theme and writing style seem to be aimed at a younger audience, which will surely appreciate the humour involved in the creation of crazy ideas.

Nancy E. Black, Saskatoon P.L., Saskatoon, SK.
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