Merits of Mischief

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

The Bad Apple Publisher's Summary

The start of a mischievous new middle-grade series has trouble written all over it.

Twelve-year-old Seamus Hinkle is a good kid with a perfect school record—until the day he accidently kills his substitute teacher with an apple. 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….

©2012 T.R. Burns (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Bad Apple

    • Merits of Mischief, Book 1
    • By: T. R. Burns
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The start of a mischievous new middle-grade series has trouble written all over it. Twelve-year-old Seamus Hinkle is a good kid with a perfect school record—until the day he accidently kills his substitute teacher with an apple. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun but bad ending

    • By D. Senter on 06-20-16

    Regular price: $17.95

  • Book 2

    • A World of Trouble

    • By: T. R. Burns
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Sometimes you find trouble, and sometimes trouble finds you. The mischief continues in the second book of a trouble-loving middle grade series! 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.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Watch Your Step

    • By: T. R. Burns
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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 he just might get some answers 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 mercurial headmistress of Kilter?

    Regular price: $19.95