Mary G. Westhuis

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An example of the humor that pervades Basket Case …, the following quote introduces two stars from Visigoth movies who attend a school dance: "Tungsten Rampart played the hero on television's most futuristic afternoon sex opera, Bionic Zipper. His wife, her long blond hair spewing from every fertilized follicle, now called herself Plethora Innerspring-Rampart, and was a faucet of femininity." (Visigoth Productions is also responsible for the films "Pre-Natal Junkie," "Pre-Natal Junkie in the Klan," and the romantic "Vasectomy Is Never Having to Say You're Sorry.") Graffiti Prep School has its share of problems, but this novel has more. Robert Newton Peck's humor belongs in a third-rate night club.

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Mary G. Westhuis, "Basketball: 'Basket Case'," in School Library Journal (reprinted from the May, 1979 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation, copyright © 1979), Vol. 25, No. 9, May, 1979, p. 84.

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