Books: Dangerous Season

WINTER TERM — John Harriman —Howell, Soskin ($2.50).

Winter term is the danger term in any boarding school. John Harriman's top-ranking New England prep school is no exception. His third formers, all about 14, are also at danger term. They start with talk about a hunger strike against the saltpeter in the mashed potatoes, move on into persecution of a weak, homesick child named Emery. As their pubescent restiveness mounts they are caught up in a wave of sadistic evangelism and in their efforts to spread the gospel of "cleanness and hardness," strip the weakling before an open window, force him to...

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