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"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)
This is a very inspiring book. It should be mandatory reading for anyone teaching in the villages of Alaska.Published 1 month ago by kathy widmer
Oh my gosh what an amazing book!!!!! When I was done reading it the only word I could come up with was ..... Stunned! ...... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. E. Hansen
Enjoyed the concept and learning about the Native Americans, but felt it was dry and slow in some areas of the book. Not one I would recommend to my friends.Published 2 months ago by Shellee
Great story and read. It is always amazing to learn what each person is capable of and this book tells the story of a group of kids and their teacher who learn that they are the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jwjkiwi
wonderful story of a reluctant teacher changing the lives of disadvantaged kids. everybody wins. a real feel-good true storyPublished 11 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 12 months ago by Victoria Amundson
Very well written Interesting true story about your people being taught and succeedingPublished 15 months ago by Cliff