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A kind reminder of how far we have come as well as how far we have to go!
on July 25, 2012
I am thoroughly in awe of Trudy's ability to retell a story. Her usage of vocabulary was superb, she often straddled the line between superfluous and pedestrian without once tripping into either column. You may be asking the question: "Why does this matter?" Trudy does not change the words spoken by her students. She writes their words as spoken, often clearly as painful to hear as they are adorable. The children she taught were part of the infamous Robert Taylor homes. In the event that you were unaware as to the significance of this, let me kindly remind you of its significance. Chicago has often been labeled as the most segregated city in the country. Its South side even to this day remains a dangerous place to live. The people in this setting are quietly struggling and surviving. She tells of students who overcame the odds, but she also tells us of those that did not. It is a very difficult thing to bear witness to such unspeakably barbaric events, criminally negligent parents as well as inept bureaucracy, while also writing in such a warm way. I am proud to recommend this book, as a teacher in similar settings I can attest to its all too stunning accuracy-not having enough supplies, bull from the admin, and the non-working family phone numbers. Read as soon as possible you will not be leave disappointed.