Chapter 1: Mrs. Gorf
Mrs. Gorf is the teacher on the thirtieth floor and has a reputation as the meanest teacher at Wayside School. She says if the students are bad or if they answer a problem incorrectly, she will turn them into apples. She turns four students into apples first. The next day, she turns eight more students into apples. Louis, the yard teacher, gets suspicious when the children do not show up for recess and goes up to Mrs. Gorf’s classroom.
When he sees the apples, he decides Mrs. Gorf must be a good teacher because she gets so many apples. The next day, a dozen more children are turned into apples, and Louis goes up to Mrs. Gorf’s room again. Seeing twenty-four apples, he decides Mrs. Gorf is the best teacher in the world. At the end of the week, though, all of the children are apples, and Mrs. Gorf starts to go home, claiming she won’t have to teach anymore. Before she can leave, the apples attack her by bouncing on her and demanding they be turned back into children. Mrs. Gorf gives in and changes them back.
When the children start to get Louis, Mrs. Gorf tells them she will change them back into apples. Jenny holds up a mirror and Mrs. Gorf turns herself into an apple instead, leaving the students without a teacher. Louis comes upstairs, hungry, and eats the only apple in the room, which was really Mrs. Gorf.