Google has failed me. And nobody I’ve asked seems to remember this book that I swear I read sometime in elementary school. So I’m turning to you, the intelligent and devastatingly charming people of the Internet, did you ever read this book when you were a kid? Do you know the name of it?
What I remember, is the book is about a bunch of either naughty kids or kids who have been deemed not so smart or maybe they’re just poor readers or maybe they’re just too young. One day in the library this gang of miscreants or dyslexics or marginalized students discover a thesaurus. They ask the librarian/teacher/warden about the book and he/she is all “oh you are much too dumb and/or young for that book” (but maybe in a more politically correct way, but maybe not because this would have been the early-to-mid 80s and we were mean back then). Anyway the kids steal the book and that book is a thesaurus. The thesaurus brings magic into their lives and people start thinking the kids are super smart because all of a sudden they know all kinds of synonyms. Also, I believe there is some sort of lunchroom uprising or strike or walkout involving signs with words they learned from the thesaurus. At one point, I believe the thesaurus is either hidden in a freezer or gets bubble gum on it and is stuffed in the freezer so they can chip the gum off.
Sound familiar? Do you know the name of it? Who wrote it? I know somebody on this planet besides me must have read this book.