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Shades Of Gray Paperback – December 19, 2011
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About the Author
SUSANNE JACOBY HALE, a former drop-out prevention teacher in a New York City high school, earned a master's degree from New York University in education and creative writing. She currently lives in south Florida with her husband and their three children. This is her debut novel.
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The mean streets of New York. Inner city violence and the near constant fear and frustration of those who try to teach there. The gritty reality of not being able to dig yourself out of a dark and dangerous hole by accepting the fatality of"....that's just the way it is."
Ms. Hale has been there, seen that and shares her experiences in this highly charged and highly readable novel. Her characters are sharply drawn....sometimes, so much so that the reader must shift position to relieve the tension or briefly close the book to regain purchase before continuing. But continue you will. You will be compelled to see which of her young, at risk toughs will survive, even thrive. Some do....some don't. And underlying it all is the personal roller coaster that threatens to jump the track at any moment.
This book is regional only in its placement but not in scope or relativity. As in life, similar problems and challenges come dressed in "Shades of Gray", but the outcomes and resolutions are a product of how we wear the clothes. Ms. Hale is a gifted and talented "sharer" of experience. I hope we will see more from her.
I was disappointed with the writing and the storyline..I figured the ending out from the very beginning of the book..I enjoyed the parts when I saw the growth of the students emotionally as well as educationally..I liked the interaction between the teachers in the special program and their students..I liked the faith that the teacher had with her students..and they with her..I just felt that it needed more depth and was less contrived..I also did not enjoy the interaction between ms.dalton and mr.dalton..that part was very unrealistic especially his new found interesting in her life as a teacher..
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This book was simply a fantastic read! It speaks to the hearts of all readers, especially those who are in a teaching role of...Read more