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Young readers are likely to see themselves reflected in ‘Control Freaks’

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A passel of precocious pupils populates the pleasing new middle-grade novel, "Control Freaks." Denver author J.E. Thomas imagines a prep school that is as diverse as Colorado, and where a campus-wide competition has kids in a frenzy. We read the book with 5th grader Della Johnson, who co-hosts our interview.