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Sugarcane Academy How a New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School to Remember

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ISBN-10: 0156031892

ISBN-13: 9780156031899

Edition: 2007

Authors: Michael Tisserand

List price: $13.00
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Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, taking lives and livelihoods and displacing thousands. Because the hurricane struck at the beginning of the school year, the city's children were among those most affected. Michael Tisserand, former editor of the alternative cultural newspaper Gambit Weekly, evacuated with his family to New Iberia, Louisiana. Then, rather than waiting to find out when--or if--schools in New Orleans would reopen, Tisserand and other parents persuaded one of his children's teachers, Paul Reynaud, to start a school among the sugarcane fields. So was born the Sugarcane Academy--as the children themselves named it--and so also began an experience none of Reynaud's pupils will ever forget. This inspiring book shows how a dedicated teacher made the best out of the worst situation, and how the children of New Orleans, of all backgrounds and races, adjusted to Katrina's consequences.
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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 7/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Michael Tisserand's most recent book is "Sugarcane Academy: How a New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School to Remember" (Harcourt). Part journalism and part memoir, "Sugarcane Academy" is the story of a temporary, one-room schoolhouse set up in rural Louisiana for evacuated children - including Tisserand's own kids. Says Andrei Codrescu: "The story of 'Sugarcane Academy' manages to do what a flood of news-reporting could not: see Katrina through the eyes of children. This will be one of the lasting books of our tragedy."The former editor of "Gambit Weekly" in New Orleans, Tisserand is also author of "The Kingdom of Zydeco," which won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music writing. He has reported on post-Katrina New Orleans for "The Nation," "Utne Reader," "The Progressive" and "National Catholic Reporter," and his radio essays can be heard on WBEZ in Chicago. He lives in Evanston, Ill., with his wife and two children.