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Sheriff Stonehead and the Teenage Termites
Sheriff Stonehead and the Teenage Termites Author:Jerome Beatty, Jr. Today, mere mention of the word "teen-ager" is apt to strike terror in the hearts of many grown-ups, especially the grown-ups of the little western town of Muffton. For, after all, who has been responsible for a series of pranks played upon certain members of the town? Why, a teen-ager, of course - and his name is Finley Farmer. The pranks are h... more »armless enough, but Finley is leader of a gang called the Teen-age Termites, and there is no telling what terrible things may happen.
The situation clearly calls for "law and order", Sheriff Chester Stonehead, the town's sole law enforcement officer, is called upon to take action, and he knows exactly how to handle the situation. Until Finley Farmer is captured and brought to justice, all teen-agers must be off the streets of Muffton after dark.
For a while, the curfew is successful. But the mysterious Finley Farmer is still at large and busy devising ways of defending the rights of Muffton's teen-agers. He lets it be known that the very same pranks that are causing such consternation among the townspeople today outraged Muffton's citizens forty years ago. And who was the culprit then? None other than a teen-ager by the name of Chester Stonehead! What follows is a rousing act of civil disobedience that finally convinces Muffton that its teen-agers are no more of a menace than they have been in years past.
Mr. Beatty has written a funny book about one of today's irksome problems with a perspective of compassion and warmth for all those involved.« less