Fake Mustache

by Tom Angleberger Year Published: 2012
"Is a fake mustache all you need to run the country?
The mustache in question is no cheap costume prop but the Heidelberg Handlebar Number Seven, a lip tickler so dazzingly convincing, it can turn whole towns of people into mindless yes-men.  Twelve year old Casper Bengue borrows ten dollars from his friend Lenny Flem Jr. to buy the mustache.  So when a mysterious- and very short- mustachioed man goes on a bank-robbing spree, then launches a well-financed bid for the presidency, it doesn't take Lenny long to realize that his buddy is up to no good.  Too bad almost everyone else is completely under Casper's spell."