I’m getting close to finishing another book, so it’s about time that i tidy up some loose ends and write about the last book i read… once again, i’m diving back into my youth and visiting the work of one Gordon Korman… and once again, i found some truth that was relevant for my current situation… (of course, i’m in a bit different of a situation now, but it’s still appropriate)…

now playing: Less Than Zero – LA Symphony


No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

So this is a story about a “star” high-school football player, Wallace Wallace, who always tells the truth… and in telling the truth in a book report (describing how much he disliked the assigned book), he manages to insult his teacher who happens to rank the book, Old Shep, My Pal, among his favorites…

The story really takes off when Wallace is suspended from the football team and held in after-school detention until he writes a favorable book report… He refuses to do so and winds up getting involved in the school’s drama production, which happens to be based on Old Shep… his suggestions are well-received by most of the students, but they wind up turning the play into quite a production and leaving the teacher unsettled and frustrated by his own lack of control…

It is when the teacher finally gets it, that he utters the truth that stood out in the book:

“If you force the students to fit into the play, it’ll come out lifeless and boring. But if you mold the play to showcase the talents of the students, the sky’s the limit.”

oh, if only all employers and managers could come to that same understanding… what a wonderful world this could be…

Anyway, i don’t expect that everyone will be as interested in this book as i was because i’m sure that not everyone grew up reading Gordon Korman, but i was happy to have re-engaged in this one and it’s a nice, quick, light read…

peace… love… bdg…