5th grader Jack Rankin is a good kid who hardly ever causes trouble. So why does he plan the ultimate crime? To get back at his dad, that’s why! Who is Jack’s dad? The school janitor! Jack decides to put a huge wad of chewed up gum under a desk in the music room and thinks he won’t get caught. Unfortunately for Jack, he does get caught, and the punishment is made to fit the crime. For the next 3 weeks, Jack has to scrape all of the dried up gum from underneath the desks. Jack grumbles, but accepts the work. In time, Jack grows to appreciate his dad as he realizes how much work a janitor does in one school. He even learns to stand up to the bullies who tease him about his dad being a janitor. Jack learns how to clean off desks, and one day, as he is putting away the cleaning supplies, he discovers some old keys. One key goes to a bell tower, and the other to a steam tunnel. Jack sets out an adventure to find the steam tunnel. Will he find it? Will Jack come to understand his dad even more? Read this book to find out! Recommended for students in grades 3-5.
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