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1Grounded is a young adults/childrens book by Todd Domke published in 1982. It tells the story of an 11-year-old boy named Parker, who dreams of building his own hang glider after a summer of lessons. Problem is he doesn't have the money. So he schemes to get the money by writing, producing and directing a school version of Frankenstein (which during his writing process unwittingly becomes a comedy), and enlisting the help of his friends, classmates and even his rival.께Through an escalating series of unfortunate events, rumors and general silliness, the play becomes the sensation of the school and town, leading to speculative rumors of the likes of the President and Neil Diamond attending. 께Finally, the last quarter of the book deals with the glider itself, and the inevitable race against his rival, leading to a finale you almost forgot was the point of all this anyway.께Written by Todd Domke (way better known now for being a major PR consultant for the GOP), this is a cult classic childrens book from the 80s that hits a lot of the right notes of humor and rich characters.께Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/{{Grounded}}'', a ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids''-style SurvivalSandbox by Creator/ObsidianEntertainment.께----!! This book provides examples of:* AbortedArc: Almost subverted. You almost ''forget'' the purpose of the plot is to get money for parts of a hang glider once the play plot kicks in. It finally comes into play the last third of the book.* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: The local TV anchor gets exposed that he doesn't wear pants behind the anchor desk when he is surprised by the kid's crashing his news broadcast.* DoubleMeaning: The title. Refers to the downing of a hang glider and the punishment of a child (both of which happen to Parker).* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The play. It ends up being a comedy [[Film/YoungFrankenstein about Frankenstein]].* AdultsAreUseless: These kids sure are completely doing a school play on their own, without any adults directly involved beyond very periphery. {{Lampshaded}} a few times.* FreeRangeChildren: Tied with above. Also how they manage to construct a hang glider and have a race without anyone really noticing.%% * GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the future, please check the trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.


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