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Ms. Hempel Chronicles - Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Ms. Hempel Chronicles
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Ms. Beatrice Hempel, teacher of seventh grade, is new—new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father. Grappling awkwardly with her newness, she struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work. Is it acceptable to introduce swear... show more
Ms. Beatrice Hempel, teacher of seventh grade, is new—new to teaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her idiosyncratic father. Grappling awkwardly with her newness, she struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work. Is it acceptable to introduce swear words into the English curriculum, enlist students to write their own report cards, or bring up personal experiences while teaching a sex-education class? Sarah Shun-lien Bynum finds characters at their most vulnerable, then explores those precarious moments in sharp, graceful prose. From this most innovative of young writers comes another journey down the rabbit hole to the wonderland of middle school, memory, daydreaming, and the extraordinary business of growing up. (20080827)
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780151014965 (0151014965)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Infinite Joe
Infinite Joe rated it
4.0 Ms. Hempel Chronicles
I really enjoyed this one. Related short stories about a young 7th grade teacher who became one because it was the easy thing to do, tries hard at times but at others just takes the shortcuts, and is attached to her students, sometimes oddly so, while hoping that she's had some kind of positive eff...
lisacindrich
lisacindrich rated it
0.0 Ms. Hempel Chronicles
A collection of short stories about a young middle school teacher. The early stories, which focus on the students and on Ms. Hempel in the classroom, are hilarious. These fictional kids are as unique, funny, and vulnerable as any real-life adolescents. And Ms. Hempel's struggle to find her feet as...
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