Selzer, Adam. Pirates of the retail wasteland.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

SELZER, Adam. Pirates of the retail wasteland. Random House, Delacorte. 208p. c2008. 978-0-385-73482. $15.99. (Lib. bdg: 978-0-385-90480-3. $18.99.) J

Leon and his would-be rebel friends from the 8th-grade gifted pool (first encountered in How To Get Suspended and Influence People) set out to save their favorite independent coffee house, Sip, from the encroaching coffee chain store Wackfords. Aided by the manager, a "McHobo" who has worked in every chain store around, they stage a pirate coup, setting up Wackfords as "an accounting and midlevel management strategies office" and filming patrons' reactions for a class project. Leon, meanwhile, must also contend with his inventor father's new formula for hair dye, which leaves his dad with a green Mohawk hairdo, and...

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