Merits of Mischief is a fresh, creative, and original twist on the boarding school story. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the sequel!
-Rachel Renee Russell, bestselling author of the DORK DIARIES, via the Los Angeles Times
Fantastic premise...It's easy to get drawn into this fast-paced, funny, and entertaining adventure. -Publisher's Weekly


Twelve-year-old Seamus Hinkle is a good kid with a perfect school record—until the day of the unfortunate apple incident.

Seamus is immediately shipped off to a detention facility—only to discover that Kilter Academy is actually a school to mold future Troublemakers, where demerits are awarded as a prize for bad behavior and each student is tasked to pull various pranks on their teachers in order to excel. Initially determined to avoid any more mishaps, Seamus nonetheless inadvertently emerges as a uniquely skilled troublemaker. Together with new friends Lemon and Elinor, he rises to the top of his class while beginning to discover that Kilter Academy has some major secrets and surprises in store...


It’s Seamus Hinkle’s second semester at Kilter Academy, where he’s quickly become an ace troublemaking student. In fact, the headmistress has even entrusted him with a special assignment—one he’s forbidden to share with any of his friends.

But Seamus has also come up with his own mission, and it’s a doozy. If Seamus and Lemon, Abe, and Gabby can pull off this cross-country adventure to rescue one of their own, they’ll earn extra-credit demerits for sure. And they might just learn the truth about some huge secrets the adults around them have been keeping...


Seamus Hinkle has encountered a good deal of mystery and a lot of secrets since he first started at Kilter Academy. The longer he's there, the more unanswered questions he seems to have. At last it seems like some of the larger questions just might start to be answered as he and his Troublemaker friends prepare for a huge event—a Kilter Academy retreat in the Adirondack Mountains with all the students and their parents.

Will Seamus finally learn how his own mother is connected to Annika, the fickle headmistress of Kilter? Will he discover Annika's true purpose for the Kilter students? How will the students from the rival school, the Incriminators, play into all of this?

It's hard to say, but one thing is for sure: There will be plenty of trouble along the way in this third installment of the Merits of Mischief series!