School's Out Middle school is hell — even in France. When a teacher is found dead outside his classroom window in an apparent suicide, 32-year-old Pierre Hoffman… School's Out Middle school is hell — even in France. When a teacher is found dead outside his classroom window in an apparent suicide, 32-year-old Pierre Hoffman… 2007-05-29 Fiction Penguin
Book Review

School's Out (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 29, 2007; Writer: Christophe Dufosse; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Penguin

Middle school is hell — even in France. When a teacher is found dead outside his classroom window in an apparent suicide, 32-year-old Pierre Hoffman is tapped to fill in. Pierre soon learns of two other mysterious deaths linked to this class of oddly well-behaved 13-year-olds who speak like ''trainee semiotician[s].'' Christophe Dufossé effectively builds a sense of menace in School's Out, particularly in the run-up to a class bus trip to Normandy. Although Pierre's narration can be off-puttingly aloof (perhaps Shaun Whiteside's rather stilted translation is to blame), School's Out is the literary version of a citron pressé mouth-puckeringly tart and refreshing. B+

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints