Rebecca C. Jones Germy in Charge: 9

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Germy in Charge: 9

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Sixth grader Jeremy is elected as student representative on the school board, but he finds that the job brings certain complications and not as much power as he had expected.

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Sixth-grader Jeremy Bluett (Germy Blew It, 1987, etc.) is still naively imagining that things will come his way with incredible ease. This time, it's power: he wins the school-board seat normally held by a high-school student with the help of adults who warm to his timely RFK quote (``...I dream things that never were and say, why not?'') and of a derisive high school that elects him largely as a joke. To Jeremy, it's an opportunity to call off school when it rains, give out excuses on board stationery, or fire his teacher when she demands homework. With a broad brush, Jones outlines the difference between these fantasies and the reality of the voluminous documents that Jeremy's supposed to read in order to vote responsibly on board decisions; meanwhile, with somewhat subtler wit, she satirizes the political process--influence, unenlightened self-interest, savvy political handlers (represented here by friend ``Margaret Mouth''). Again, kids will laugh at Jeremy's comically doomed successes; his ultimate decision to stick with his office and do his best may presage a changed boy, but don't bank on it. (Fiction. 9-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Gr. 4-6. Jeremy Bluett, known as Germy Blew It to his friends, has not been successful in leadership roles. But now Germy sees a way to become a true leader. Although only a sixth-grader, Germy runs for the high-school seat on the school board, and the high-school students (who have voted a boa constrictor homecoming queen) have no problem giving a kid the job. The sixth-graders, however, are taking the appointment more seriously, especially since Germy has assured them he'll take care of bad cafeteria food, offer excuses for missed homework, and even fire bad teachers--like their teacher. One of the things that makes the book so funny is Jones' use of a running gag, the invisible reporter who is interviewing future President Bluett. And although Jones hovers around the broad side of comedy, she never goes so far out that kids can't connect with the life at home and school she describes. The funniest in an always amusing series. Ilene Cooper

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