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Sex, Lies, and the Classroom [Kindle Edition]

James P. Wilcox
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Book Description

Nathaniel O’Connell thought he knew what it takes to survive at Southwest High School, a low-income, ethnically diverse, inner-city school. After seven years of teaching, he thought he had discovered how to get through to these children of poverty. That was before he met Tyreshia, Krysteal, and Ebony, who know how to inflict pain, both physical and emotional. After a confrontation on the first day of school, O’Connell finds himself fighting for his reputation, his job, his family, his very survival. With his wife, Alexandria, O’Connell must battle the school system, the justice system, racism, and his own weakness, as he seeks redemption. Faced with investigations by the school’s administration, the Department of Family Services, and the District Attorney’s Office, he must find the strength and the courage to reach out to these same students to save his very soul.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I would like to offer an update to potential purchasers of Sex, Lies, and the Classroom. A review posted here by "Noah Sturr" and another by "Redryder", highlighted some copy editing issues that might affect one's decision to purchase my novel. Taking these reviews to heart, I added a second editor to my publishing team and after a meticulous review of the manuscript, both I and editing team, have addressed those copy editing issues and we are confident that the Sex, Lies, and the Classroom text is as meticulous and grammatically correct as we can make it and represents a quality purchase that you will not be disappointed in. I welcome all your reviews as they help us to make my work the best it can possibly be.

I am very proud of Sex, Lies, and the Classroom and I trust that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thank you.
James P. Wilcox

About the Author

James Wilcox, a former newspaper photographer and writer, is currently a high school social studies teacher in Kansas City, where is lives with his wife and three children. James is also the author of novels Sex, Lies, and the Classroom and The M-16 Agenda, as well as a work of poetry titled Musings of a Particular Bear: A Poetry Collection.  James is currently working on his third novel. Miracle Child is James's first non-fiction book.

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  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449980481
  • Publisher: Createspace (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003I84MBE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stomach Churner - Page Turner February 16, 2013
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This is the first time I have read James P. Wilcox and it wont be the last.

I jumped into this book and I loved it!

The stark realities, the injustices in the judicial, educational, and protective systems,create a feeling of shock and helplessness, you will feel it.
This book had me not wanting to put it down I just had to know if things would get better. How the hell things would get better. Then I continued to read even though I thought it could never get better.
This is a scary story of possible realities.

An excellent read!
I highly recommend it.

Thank you James!
Camelia
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MADDENING INJUSTICES! July 24, 2012
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The realities of students in urban schools and those who are hired to teach them, has made for an eye-opening novel. My life growing up in a small town in California where, believe it or not, non-Caucasians were boycotted from purchasing a home, this novel was shocking.
With the twists and turns in this novel and fear of giving too much away, I think I will only say one more thing---I'm glad James P. Wilcox wrote this great debut novel. We all need to stay informed regarding urban schools and the types of injustices teachers face.
I highly recommend you read this book!

Rebecca Scarberry
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting April 13, 2013
By MJDL
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I could not put the book down. As a retired teacher, my stomach hurt for O'Connell. The writer puts you into the story.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! August 22, 2012
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What a moving first novel!! As a parent and former teacher this book touched home in so so many ways. A dedicated teacher thinking he could make a difference ----stuck with an indifferent administration and a group of burn-outs masquerading as teachers. So sad that O'Connell finally succumbs to the herd mentality and becomes just another baby-sitter for pathetic kids going nowhere. I would highly recommend this book to all lover's of good 'non-fiction' fiction.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is scary but could happen. June 9, 2013
By mpk
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As a teacher, I could see this happening. Good writer. Good theme. Well done. I very much enjoyed it. I'd like to see if he has written anything else.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong debut novel April 23, 2012
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"Sex, Lies and the Classroom" is an unapologetic novel that deals with the realities of students in urban schools and the harried teachers who are charged with teaching them. James P. Wilcox provides a realistic and balanced portrayal of the culture clash in the classroom between these monster students and their college-educated (and usually white) teachers. We also get a look the tragic lives the students lead outside of school, as well as the petty bureaucracy teachers have to deal with outside of the classroom.

I won't reveal much of the plot as the constant twists and escalation in the drama are what makes "Sex, Lies and the Classroom" such a pleasurable read. The protagonist, Nathaniel O'Connell, sees himself as the type of inspiring teacher they make lame made-for-T.V. movies about. He's hard on his students, but only because he believes they can achieve more. However, he angers some students by suspending them on the first day of school, and they conspire to have O'Connell fired for sexual misconduct.

Like J.K. Rowling or James Clavell, Wilcox has a talent for making your blood boil from the injustices done to his protagonist. You will keep reading, hoping O'Connell will be vindicated. But as in every great story, Wilcox throws up obstacle after obstacle to keep his hero from achieving his goal.

"Sex, Lies and the Classroom" has a very personal feel to the narrative. (In fact, Wilcox even accidentally slips into the first person a couple of times!) This lends a realism and a human interest to the story that would be very difficult to achieve for another writer. It certainly makes for a unique read.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend "Sex, Lies and the Classroom" to anyone who likes good drama.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking April 21, 2013
By Pam M.
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I found the whole premise of the book to be very thought provoking. It read as very believable. While I didn't completely understand the main character or like many of the other characters, I still felt for all of them & the culture in which they are bound.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating September 4, 2013
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Although not great literature, this is a very interesting story to read and does an excellent portrayal of what issues a teacher must face--difficult students, administrators and political influences and how they make teaching a challenging profession.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a page turner that I could not put down! I highly recommend this book!
Published 8 months ago by Cathy Reggiardo
4.0 out of 5 stars At first
At first I didn't like it, but then I really got involved with the characters. I was very frustrated throughout the book, as I felt irritated with the way the characters acted... Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. Villard
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
This book was stressful for me.Very crude language.The student's dialect seemed dated to me.Im sure people do talk in this manner but it needs to be more modern. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Miss Brooke
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Lies, and the Classroom
I couldn't give 5 stars because there were so many typos. And the characters were flimsy. I did find it suspenseful and I guess the plot was good.
Published 15 months ago by Amber Hicks
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this teaching??????
Poverty is a horrible reality. Teaching in a school system with no support and no way to set boundaries ends with everyone
losing, especially the children who need us most of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linda Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex Lies and the Classroom
This book had a realistic ending. In the end the kids won. Teaching is no longer the noble profession it once was. Read more
Published 16 months ago by K. York
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have read in a long time
I loved this book. I read it non-stop until I finished it. At one point I had tears running down my face as I was reading. I really recommend this book
Published 16 months ago by Mary L Leehy
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Teachers Stay In This Important Role?
I sought permission to use the Prologue as part of my blog article on Sex, Lives and the Classroom by James P. Wilcox. The emotion, intensity and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by GABixler
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