"This is a delightful visit to a small island in the Bering Sea without having to travel. The landscapes and seascapes are beautifully painted by an outsider, a non-Eskimo teacher, who learns to cherish and respect the culture of his students and the small village in which they live. It is a heart-wrenching story of a group of seemingly uneducable students who, with the coaching of their teacher, not only learn to love learning, but end up champions in a national competition."
--Jean Auel, author of Clan of the Cave Bear
"Straightforwardly, The Kids from Nowhere is a heart-lifting epic about the educational triumph of a group of Yupik Eskimo students from tiny, isolated St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. But the story unfolds on several levels at once and is equally revealing about the stunning dedication of their gifted teacher and guide, George Guthridge."
--Barry Lopez, award-winning author of Arctic Dreams
"The Kids from Nowhere is proof that people everywhere can accomplish amazing feats when given educational tools and instruction that fit their way of life and thinking. George Guthridge's poignant book is about hope rekindled in the icy north, and how a teacher learned to move from `teaching' students to `reaching' them. Read this book and discover how young people truly can learn commitment to a cause that, they come to realize, is much, much bigger than they ever initially imagined."
--Greg Mortenson, builder of schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan and coauthor of New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations One School at a Time
"No kids are more neglected than the kids of our Native Nations. This book is a welcome remedy to that lack of attention. It's inspiring as well as being well-written, the kind of tale that every teacher and every coach should respond to. I can't recommend it highly enough."
--Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki writer and storyteller, author of Jim Thorpe: Original All-American
"Beautifully written, The Kids from Nowhere is a victorious account of one teacher's journey with his Eskimo students from the edge of nowhere to the brink of endless promise."
--Janet Berliner, coauthor of Artifact
"Struggle is not unusual in the Arctic, but the struggle for intellectual accomplishment and personal integrity takes a new twist in this compelling and engaging narrative. . . .Guthridge's writing is immaculate and heartfelt as he skillfully explores village life, educational practice, and the desire to succeed."
--James Ruppert Ph.D., coeditor of Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon
"We often talk about problems facing education. Guthridge offers solid solutions."
--Profs. John Creed and Susan Andrews, editors of Authentic Alaska: Voices of its Native Authors
"What a remarkable accomplishment!"
--Grace Corrigan (mother of Christa McAuliffe)
A true triumph of the spirit written in a gripping story that the reader will not be able to put down until finished.
These are two books that pair well together...and will certainly get you to thinking...what meaningful things am I doing with my life?
It is this added bonus of a beautifully written novel that just happens to contain a true story that makes this book so fine.
wonderful story of a reluctant teacher changing the lives of disadvantaged kids. everybody wins. a real feel-good true storyPublished 2 months ago by L. Wells
This was an amazing story of some students who no one but their teacher saw as gifted. With perseverance, imagination and the idea of tapping into the culture of the students to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Victoria Amundson
Very well written Interesting true story about your people being taught and succeedingPublished 6 months ago by Cliff
Inspirational book. My sorority chooses a book to read each year and review. This was our selection - it did not disappoint. Read morePublished 10 months ago by flowerpower
A true account of experiences of a high school/college teacher from the lower 48 when transplanted along with his grade-school teacher wife and children to a remote Eskimo village,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Karen Kay
The book made me laugh, cry and think. Some of the experiences this family had were similar to mine when I came to Hawaii from Colorado back in the 80's.Published 13 months ago by Mark Ulanday
It is sad when we have a dedicated teacher and then he is despised by other teachers who don't want or care about really helping children do their best. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carole E. Langsdorf
In June 2013, I was privileged to participate in a WINGS birds tour to Gambell and Nome, led by Jon L. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nina Birder