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* CoincidentalBroadcast: Sean laughs at Jardine's claim that the island of Theamelpos is endowed with good luck. Then he opens a magazine with a story about an unemployed dockworker who got rich and married a supermodel during a vacation to Theamelpos.


* CannotSpitItOut: Sean and Raymond decide to declare Steve the winner of the costume contest just for a chance to spitefully give him a lame prize, at which point Ashley tells them that a date with her will come with the prize. Raymond is so flooded with jealousy he 'cannot'' bring himself to name Steve as the winner, choking on his name multiple times before Sean comes up with an excuse to name someone else the winner.

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* CannotSpitItOut: Sean and Raymond decide to declare Steve the winner of the costume contest just for a chance to spitefully give him a lame prize, at which point Ashley tells them that a date with her will come with the prize. Raymond is so flooded with jealousy he 'cannot'' ''cannot'' bring himself to name Steve as the winner, choking on his name multiple times before Sean comes up with an excuse to name someone else the winner.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: A somewhat negative example. Engineers Sopwith and Johnson are portrayed as incompetent tools for most of the novel due to SACGEN always breaking down and needing fourteen engineers manning it in order for it to run flawlessly. But, under the watching eyes of reporters, the two of them are able to spend about an hour doing the work of those fourteen men and keeping anything from short-circuiting or causing a blackout,, while alss recognizing the danger for this to cause a catastrophe and trying to warn their boss.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: A somewhat negative example. Engineers Sopwith and Johnson are portrayed as incompetent tools for most of the novel due to SACGEN always breaking down and needing fourteen engineers manning it in order for it to run flawlessly. But, under the watching eyes of reporters, the two of them are able to spend about an hour doing the work of those fourteen men and keeping anything from short-circuiting or causing a blackout,, while alss also recognizing the danger for this to cause a catastrophe and trying to warn their boss.



* GrumpyOldMan: Sean's grandfather is living with Sean and his parents very much against his will and is bored out of his mind. He leavens up a ''lot'' after [[spoiler:he becomes something of a viral sensation as "Gavin Gunhold"]]

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* GrumpyOldMan: Sean's grandfather is living with Sean and his parents very much against his will and is bored out of his mind. He leavens livens up a ''lot'' after [[spoiler:he becomes something of a viral sensation as "Gavin Gunhold"]]



* TheUnishment: Superintendant Hyatt seems honestly convinced that [[spoiler:Sending Jardine and the others on a tropical vacation everyone in school has been competing for to keep them from exposing the systems flaws]] is something that they will be disappointed with.

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* TheUnishment: Superintendant Hyatt seems honestly convinced that [[spoiler:Sending [[spoiler:sending Jardine and the others on a tropical vacation everyone in school has been competing for to keep them from exposing the systems flaws]] is something that they will be disappointed with.

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* AdultsAreUseless: With the exception of [[CoolOldGuy Gramp]], the adults in the novel refuse to believe the students when they say SACGEN breaks down every day.


* CannotSpitItOut: Sean and Raymond decide to declare Steve the winner of the costume contest just for a chance to spitefully give him a lame prize, at which point Ashley tells them that a date with her will come with the prize. Raymond is so flooded with jealousy 'cannot'' bring himself to name Steve as the winner, choking on his name multiple times before Sean comes up with an excuse to name someone else the winner.

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* CannotSpitItOut: Sean and Raymond decide to declare Steve the winner of the costume contest just for a chance to spitefully give him a lame prize, at which point Ashley tells them that a date with her will come with the prize. Raymond is so flooded with jealousy he 'cannot'' bring himself to name Steve as the winner, choking on his name multiple times before Sean comes up with an excuse to name someone else the winner.



--> '''Randy:''' I didn't;t know those two idiots were this good. Look at the mess they've got, and the lights are still perfect.

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--> '''Randy:''' I didn't;t didn't know those two idiots were this good. Look at the mess they've got, and the lights are still perfect.



* TheEeyore: Raymond.

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* TheEeyore: Raymond.Raymond is moody and depressed about everything.



* TheJinx: Raymond Jardine.

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* TheJinx: Raymond Jardine. If something bad can happen to him, it well.



* LazyBum: Danny Eckerman.

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* LazyBum: Danny Eckerman.Eckerman never lifts a finger to help with projects he's involved with.



* LovableJock: Sean.

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* LovableJock: Sean.Sean is a star athlete who doesn't lord over his status and is a caring friend.


A 1988 YA comedy novel by Creator/GordonKorman. Luckless, frustrated sixteen-year-old eccentric Raymond Jardine is determined to score a summer trip to Theamelpos, a Greek island legendary for bestowing good luck on visitors. He ropes Sean Delancey, his English partner, into various schemes to land them both on the island. HilarityEnsues when they're partnered up with Ashley (a teen model they both fall for), wind up having to plan the Halloween event of the season and - most especially - when the deliberately obscure poet they've chosen for their English project turns out to have died after publishing only one poem.

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A 1988 YA comedy novel by Creator/GordonKorman. Luckless, frustrated sixteen-year-old eccentric Raymond Jardine is determined to score a summer trip to Theamelpos, a Greek island legendary for bestowing good luck on visitors. He ropes Sean Delancey, his English partner, into various schemes to land them both on the island. HilarityEnsues when they're partnered up with Ashley (a teen model they both fall for), wind up having to plan the Halloween event of the season and - most especially - when the deliberately obscure poet they've chosen for their English project turns out to have died after publishing only one poem.
poem. Meanwhile, their school has been chosen by the government as the test site for SACGEN, a clean energy device, but the device doesn't work, leading to constant blackouts.

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* CannotSpitItOut: Sean and Raymond decide to declare Steve the winner of the costume contest just for a chance to spitefully give him a lame prize, at which point Ashley tells them that a date with her will come with the prize. Raymond is so flooded with jealousy 'cannot'' bring himself to name Steve as the winner, choking on his name multiple times before Sean comes up with an excuse to name someone else the winner.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: A somewhat negative example. Engineers Sopwith and Johnson are portrayed as incompetent tools for most of the novel due to SACGEN always breaking down and needing fourteen engineers manning it in order for it to run flawlessly. But, under the watching eyes of reporters, the two of them are able to spend about an hour doing the work of those fourteen men and keeping anything from short-circuiting or causing a blackout,, while alss recognizing the danger for this to cause a catastrophe and trying to warn their boss.
--> '''Randy:''' I didn't;t know those two idiots were this good. Look at the mess they've got, and the lights are still perfect.


* HornyDevils: Ashley wears a costume to this effect to the costume party that has Sean half consider proposing to her on the spot.



* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality

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* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonalityLoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Sean and Raymond both.



* NeverMyFault: The SACGEN engineers and superintendent constantly deny that the system is flawed and blame anyone else involved for the system failing or being humiliated.



* OddCouple

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* OddCoupleOddCouple: Sean and Raymond.


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* StealingTheCreidt: Danny the class president is always taking credit for projects he had minimal or no involvement in, to Jardine and Sean's annoyance.


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* ThoseTwoGirls: Nikki's friends Carita and Marilyn.


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* TheUnishment: Superintendant Hyatt seems honestly convinced that [[spoiler:Sending Jardine and the others on a tropical vacation everyone in school has been competing for to keep them from exposing the systems flaws]] is something that they will be disappointed with.


* LastNameBasis: Raymond always calls Sean "Delancey" and insists on being addressed as Jardine. He also likes to write his name on things (his jacket, his scooter, the door of the garage where he lives) and it's always just "JARDINE," never his first name. His mother even leaves him an answering machine starting with, "Hello, this is Jardine's mother."

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* LastNameBasis: Raymond always calls Sean "Delancey" and insists on being addressed as Jardine. He also likes to write his name on things (his jacket, his scooter, the door of the garage where he lives) and it's always just "JARDINE," never his first name. His mother even leaves him an answering machine message starting with, "Hello, this is Jardine's mother."


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* ZanyScheme: Raymond's plan to score brownie points with his English teacher by deliberately choosing an obscure poet to base their project upon... and everything that follows after they find out their poet died after only have one poem published.

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* ZanyScheme: Raymond's plan to score brownie points with his English teacher by deliberately choosing an obscure poet to base their project upon... and everything that follows after they find out their poet died after only have one poem published.published.
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* SenselessViolins: Referenced when Raymond dresses as a 1930s gangster for the Halloween dance; his costume includes a violin case with a toy gun in it.


* BrickJoke: At one point Raymond starts a sign-up sheet for a "fake" hockey team as a means of padding his extra-curricular activities, since there's no other schools for their hockey team to play against. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:a teacher officially sponsors the club and schedules the first practice for the day after Raymond's cast comes off. Raymond isn't amused.]]

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* BrickJoke: At one point Raymond starts a sign-up sheet for a "fake" hockey team as a means of padding his extra-curricular activities, activities by claiming to be the team's co-captain, figuring this is an easy way to look athletic on paper without actually doing anything since there's no other schools for their hockey team to play against. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:a teacher officially sponsors the club and schedules the first practice for the day after Raymond's cast comes off. Raymond isn't amused.]]


* BrickJoke: At one point Raymond starts a "fake" hockey team with tryouts to make sure less people sign up for Theomelpos. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:a teacher catches on and starts hosting practices the day after Raymond's cast comes off. Raymond isn't amused.]]

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* BrickJoke: At one point Raymond starts a sign-up sheet for a "fake" hockey team with tryouts to make sure less people sign up as a means of padding his extra-curricular activities, since there's no other schools for Theomelpos. their hockey team to play against. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:a teacher catches on officially sponsors the club and starts hosting practices schedules the first practice for the day after Raymond's cast comes off. Raymond isn't amused.]]

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* StageName: The DJ hired for the Halloween dance goes by Zeke Decibel. His real name is Reginald Ipswich.

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* BrickJoke: At one point Raymond starts a "fake" hockey team with tryouts to make sure less people sign up for Theomelpos. At the end of the book, [[spoiler:a teacher catches on and starts hosting practices the day after Raymond's cast comes off. Raymond isn't amused.]]


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* CrazyEnoughToWork: Sean and Raymond decide that they will have to write the poems on their own if they want to pass, and they choose a random word from the dictionary, to write a poem around it. Sean actually lampshades that the concept sounds ridiculous enough to be a Gunhold poem.


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* HiddenDepths: Sean's grandfather is quite an accomplished actor, and talented with the yo-yo.


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* PetTheDog: Sean and Raymond's English teacher reveals that [[spoiler:he knew that Gavin Gunhold was dead, but because they did a good job with the poems, they "squeak by" with solid Cs.]]


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* ThrowTheDogABone: To keep the only witnesses from [[spoiler:SACGEN's demise talking about it while it's getting renovated]], the school principal insists on sending Raymond, Sean, Steven and the girl they like [[spoiler:to Theomelpos, with nonrefundable tickets. Raymond starts crying TearsOfJoy.]]


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* YankTheDogsChain: A minor one; after the ThrowTheDogABone moment, Sean is convinced Raymond has [[spoiler:no more bad luck. Then it turns out the fake hockey team they started has real practice sessions, the day ''after'' Raymond's cast comes off. Some unnatural force still has it in for Jardine.]]

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