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This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall

Gordon Korman's classic young adult novel tells the story of two troublemakers attending a prestigious boarding school.

Gordon Korman

Bruno and Boots are roommates at the prestigious boarding school Macdonald Hall. But they are anything from the model students. They are always getting in trouble and when they take things too far, the school's headmaster decides to break them up. Bruno and Boots know they have to get back together — and will do whatever it takes. A classic and funny story that introduces readers young and old to two of Canada's most beloved fictional characters.

This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall is for readers ages 8 and up.

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From the book

At four that afternoon Bruno hurried to his room with a jar containing the last of the five hundred and fifty ants he owed Elmer. As he was about to open the door, a loud scream erupted from within, followed by an enormous crash. The door flew open and out shot Elmer, his expression wild, his nose bleeding. He ran full-tilt into Bruno, knocking him down and sending the jar of ants spiraling into the wall, where it shattered. Once again Dormitory 2 was crawling with insects.

"My ants!" Bruno shrieked, in perfect imitation of Elmer.

"Skunk!" cried Elmer. "What's a skunk doing in our room?"

Bruno had been waiting all day for that question. "I'm a skunkologist," he explained. "My world is the skunk world."


From This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman ©1978. Published by Scholastic Canada.

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