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H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden
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Mar 11, 2012

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Dr. Nero, the "principal" of the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, gives a rousing speech on the first day of his Villainy Studies class. He encourages his students -- most of whom have been unwillingly delivered to his dubious school -- to discover their "inner villain" and learn not only to embrace it, but to bring it to its full potential. And yet, by the end of the first book the protagonist (Otto Malpense) is already starting to learn some surprisingly moral lessons: about the importance and value of friendship, bravery, fortitude and many of the more classical heroic virtues.

It's all good fun, and the mix of action, gadgetry, an original fantasy world, talented children and villainous adults should appeal to many readers in the 11-13 age group. This is another book I will be using in my "Anti-Hero" unit.

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