I received an "F" on my 9th grade book report on THE CAINE MUTINY.
One would think that I'd hate a book that threatened to smudge my
otherwise pristine academic record, but because of the message,
which to me resounded clearly of "it's okay to buck the system,"
the Pulitzer Prize winning, best-selling novel about World War II
has always held a very special place in my heart. I chose the book
at the suggestion of the assistant city librarian, Sarah Elwell, a
neighbor and good friend of my mother. The Central Junior High
School teacher who gave the assignment didn't count on upstarts
like me h