A NoveleBook - 2015
When widowed father and substitute teacher Peter Giller leads an eleventh-grade class on a field trip to a plastics factory, he thinks the worst that could happen is that the parent volunteers won't show up (they don't), the kids will be rude (they are) or the free lunch will be terrible (it is). A leaking pipe sprays Peter and the students with a mysterious pink goo and "the worst that could happen" spikes from inconvenient to catastrophic. At first, the goo's strange side effects are mild: short-temperedness, sawdust-scented B.O. and an unquenchable craving for bacon. Then things get spooky: Peter's fingers start falling off, his students forget how to read, no one has to pee -- ever -- and empathy for human suffering plummets, especially if anyone gets between them and their bacon.
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