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Posted May 12, 2013
Jon Hassler has written a whole series of book about the mythical, middle-America, town of Staggerford. Agatha McGee first appeared as a staid , strict, but beloved sixth grade teacher. She never marries, and her "kids" where those children who passed through her classroom for more than 40 years. In this book, she is 87 years old, and is moving into the Sunset Senior Home.
At first, her lack of privacy and control makes her life uncomfortable, so she decides to move back into her old home. But a fall, without anyone around to help her, finds her deciding that the Sunset Senior Center is actually better for her. Through a series of interesting events, she ends up running a support group for a small group of people. More and more of her old students and new friends begin attending, and her new type of "teaching" reinvigorates her, even while it saps her strength and reserves. But, her spirit and soul are energized and she finds new joy in living.
Nice read. I enjoy these old books once in a while, though the old age aspect of this book was a bit depressing. Glad I read it though!
Posted March 22, 2011
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