By Jonathan Harlen

During this humorous and fast moving tale, a boy named Toby pass judgement on overcomes his fears to struggle for what he believes is true. Kreeb's Correct-a-torium is a college for antisocial youngsters housed in an deserted monastery filled with dungeons and underground passageways. teenagers will savour the gross and ugly information as Toby infiltrates the college and makes an attempt to avoid wasting its scholars from the terrible punishments of the evil, child-hating Professor Kreeb.

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Professor Kreeb turned to face the camera. ‘That’s the trouble with today’s parents,’ she said. ‘They’ve gone soft. ’ And to the mother she went on, ‘I can see you’ve reached the 33 Brain Scam Text 19/1/05 4:24 PM Page 34 end of your tether, madam. May I suggest a punishment developed in America by experts at Harvard University? ’ the mother said angrily. ’ ‘What! And let your two insufferable brats go on screaming? ’ Professor Kreeb clapped her hands. ‘Jim! Terry! ’ Two musclebound men in black tracksuits ran up to the poor mother.

A panel of four guest experts listened to the letters, then decided what would be a good punishment for each child. Sometimes the parents wrote in with punishments of their own, and asked for the panel’s comment. But mostly it was left up to the panel (and especially Professor Kreeb) to decide. On the day I saw the show, the first letter was from Mrs Tanya Warburton of Ringwood in Melbourne. Mrs Warburton’s three-year-old son, Kyle, had a nasty habit of piddling all over the bathroom floor whenever he went to the toilet.

Dad was driving Mum and me up a winding mountain road towards Kreeb’s Correct-a-torium, three hours west of the city. It was the final day of interviews to see who would win the free places at Professor Kreeb’s school. ’ Mum asked. ’ ‘Sure I’m sure,’ I said. ‘And it won’t get nasty. ’ ‘I don’t know whether “breeze” is the right word to describe Professor Kreeb,’ Dad said. ’ ‘Well, she’s about to meet Force Ten from Dagenham,’ I said. ‘Hurricane Toby. ’ 59 Brain Scam Text 19/1/05 4:24 PM Page 60 Mum sighed as Dad steered us around a sharp turn.

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