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School's Out

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School's Out

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Christophe Dufosse
publisher:
Penguin
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Middle school is hell — even in France. When a teacher is found dead outside his classroom window in an apparent suicide, 32-year-old Pierre Hoffman is tapped to fill in. Pierre soon learns of two other mysterious deaths linked to this class of oddly well-behaved 13-year-olds who speak like ”trainee semiotician[s].” Christophe Dufossé effectively builds a sense of menace in School’s Out, particularly in the run-up to a class bus trip to Normandy. Although Pierre’s narration can be off-puttingly aloof (perhaps Shaun Whiteside’s rather stilted translation is to blame), School’s Out is the literary version of a citron pressé mouth-puckeringly tart and refreshing. B+