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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Not a good read

    I read this book for my English class. I didn't like it. There wasn't any plot or reason the author wrote the book. It follows Mrs. Zajac, a 5th grade teacher, around for one school year in Holyoke, MA. If I had to guess, then the major message would probably be, "It's tough to be a teacher," but that's very broad, every book about a teacher most likely has the same message. I don't think anyone should read this, all it talks about is the kids and a few things she has to do, and what she does at home, and grading. The only thing I really liked about this book was how descriptive the author was. He explained everything, like what the child looks like, where they lived, how the child acted, and what kind of student they were. It was boring but the author did a good job with that. I didn't like how the author would write about how she graded. There was no point. Tracy Kidder (the author) would point out that sometimes when Mrs. Zajac graded, her daughter would get out of bed and interrupt grading because she wanted a glass of water or something. I didn't like that the writer wrote about her classes and that Mrs. Zajac did like one of the classes so she would spend extra time in a different one. *Spoiler* the book is about Mrs. Zajac, shes been a teacher for a while, she taught fifth grade in Holyoke, MA. She has a few disruptive students and a few students she really liked. That was pretty much the whole book. Nothing happened, no climax, no excitement. Among Schoolchildren should get a 2/5 on the rating scale. Not a 1 because the book had detail and was easy to read, but not 5 because it was so boring, there was no fun, and I wouldn't read it again. Honestly, I couldn't care less about this book. It sound really harsh but this is just not a good book. Unless you have to, don't buy this.

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