Road Out A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America

ISBN-10: 0520266498
ISBN-13: 9780520266490
Edition: 2013
Authors: Deborah Hicks
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Description: Can one teacher truly make a difference in her students' lives when everything is working against them? Can a love for literature and learning save the most vulnerable of youth from a life of poverty?The Road Outis a gripping account of one  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/12/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 294
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Can one teacher truly make a difference in her students' lives when everything is working against them? Can a love for literature and learning save the most vulnerable of youth from a life of poverty?The Road Outis a gripping account of one teacher's journey of hope and discovery with her students--girls growing up poor in a neighborhood that was once home to white Appalachian workers, and is now a ghetto. Deborah Hicks, a compassionate and idealistic teacher, set out to give one group of girls something she never had: a first-rate education, and a chance to live their dreams. A contemporary tragedy is brought to life as she leads us deep into the worlds of Adriana, Blair, Mariah, Elizabeth, Shannon, Jessica, and Alicia seven girls coming of age in America's most overlooked poverty.This is a moving story about girls who have lost their childhoods, but who face the street's torments with courage and resiliency. "I want out," says 10-year-old Blair, a tiny but tough girl who is extremely poor and yet deeply imaginative and precocious. Hicks tries to convey to her students a sense of the power of fiction and of sisterhood to get them through the toughest years of adolescence. But by the time they're sixteen, eight years after the start of the class, the girls are experiencing the collision of their youthful dreams with the pitfalls of growing up in chaotic single-parent families amid the deteriorating cityscape. Yet even as they face disappointments and sometimes despair, these girls cling to their desire for a better future. The author's own life story--from a poorly educated girl in a small mountain town to a Harvard-educated writer, teacher, and social advocate--infuses this chronicle with a message of hope.

List of Illustrations
Author's Note
Introduction: A Teacher on a Mission
Childhood Ghosts
Ghost Rose Speaks
Elizabeth Discovers Her Paperback
We're Sisters!
My Life as a Girl
Girl Talk
A Magazine Is Born
Mrs. Bush Visits (But Not Our Class)
A Saturday at the Bookstore
Jessica Finds Jesus, and Elizabeth Finds Love
Blair Discovers a Voice
Leavings
At Sixteen
Girlhood Interrupted
I Deserve a Better Life
The Road Out
Epilogue
Notes

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