From the Back Cover
"On the Outside Looking In is exhilarating, mostly because of the teenagers' unquenchable vitality, and because of Ms. Rathbone's lively respect for their energy and resilience. This is an important and moving work, instructive and eye-opening in the most essential and valuable ways."-Francine Prose, The New York Observer
"On the Outside Looking In is a tour de force of literary sociology, a truly fascinating and delicious reading experience, and a work that is destined to be a landmark in the genre of inner-city literature."-Claude Brown, author of Manchild in the Promised Land
"An authentic and critically important story."-Stephen O'Conner, The New York Times Book Review
"Teachers have a friend in Cristina Rathbone, who gives a rich and sympathetic account of the world of a tough urban high school. On the Outside Looking In is a book that does for public schools what Michael Ruhlman's Boys Themselves did for private schools: It gives their students and faculty an exceptionally fair and insightful hearing that never devolves into caricatures or stereotypes."-Janice Harayda, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cristina Rathbone has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, and Doubletake. She has worked for The Fresh Air Fund, and is a part-time teacher.