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Books: A Junior High Version Of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"

image from cache.io9.comIt's fiction, it's two years old, I'm not even a third of the way through it -- and it's not even really about education -- but I can't wait to tell you about a delicous book called The Instructions that you might want to check out -- if you dare.  

In essence, it's the story of Gurion, a preteen Orthodox Jewish boy from the North Shore of Chicago who's been unfairly kicked out of several local religious schools, forced to go to a far off public school called Aptakisic Junior High, and quickly assigned to the dehumanizing program for defiant kids that everyone calls "The Cage" -- the school version of a prison isolation unit.  Almost immediately, Gurion begins to figure out how the Cage works, how it can be fooled, and what it will take to overthrow it.  

What happens next is a little bit "Infinite Jest," a little bit "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."  Or at least, as far as I have read.  

Reviews from NPRNYT, Gawker.


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You forgot to mention that the main character is a sadistic, unappealing child who sees himself as a messiah figure, and while still in regular school trains child armies to craft their own weapons for world domination. At least that is what I got from the first 50 pages or so. I was too put off to continue past that. Your description of the juvenile detention center and his overthrow of it sounds interesting though. I may have to give this book a second chance.

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