Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary, Avon Books, New York, original 1963.
I really enjoyed this Beverly Cleary. She really has a sense of humor, and is family with the human psyche, how we sometimes do things we really don't want to do, because we are egged on, or our pride gets in the way. Otis is a boy who liked to stir up excitement. Sometimes this lead to his getting into trouble. However he was also a dramatic boy. Otis is half of the bull in the school dance, which is to be slain by the toreador. It is funny how the teacher tells him he doesn't need to raise his legs when he is dead. Of course the day of the show, it takes a turn and the bull ends up winning. Otis would have gotten, but too many parents like the way it turned out. Otis most often gets into trouble with a girl he must have a crush on, because he really likes to tease her. However one day he does too far, and the whole class is mad at him.
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