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Ms. Hempel Chronicles
     

Ms. Hempel Chronicles

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by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
 

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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 words into the English curriculum, enlist students to write

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Ms. Hempel Chronicles 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
NYBeachgal More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up at random in the new books section at the library, and it was fabulous! The story is basically about the life and experiences (mostly positive or funny) of a young woman teaching middle school. The writing was amazing, and, though it is really hard to describe, it was kind of like reading a very long series of haikus that tell a story. There wasn't an excess of description, but there was more than enough detail to understand what was happening. You had the sense, more than once, that you'd just read a little jewel of a poem/story, almost like a story-length lustre. I adored it and look forward to reading more from Shun-Lien Bynum!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. I absolutely loved it. I've been looking for well written, non-morbid, linked stories, and Ms. Bynum delivered beautifully. I highly recommend this to anyone who's ever felt unfulfilled in his or her career or life.
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