Christine A. Adams, M.A. is an internationally published author with titles in 21 countries, translated into 20 languages. A high school English teacher for thirty-two years, she taught in a small country school, a medium sized city school and a large suburban school. Some of her titles include: One Day At a Time Therapy - Claiming Your Own Life: A Journey to Spirituality - Living In Love - ABC's of Grief. Her three children's books with Abbey Press: Happy To Be Me, co-authored with her husband, Robert J. Butch, LICSW (2001), Learning To Be A Good Friend (2006), and God Made Us One by One, (2009). Web: www.christineaadams.com
The School Factory: A Modern Parableby Christine Adams
Written in the style of Mitch Albom's, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The School Factory by Christine Adams switches time from present day, to the past and into the future. The commanding day is June 10th. The primary storyteller, Jenny Anderson, a loved senior English teacher. As the story opens, "Mrs. A." is in a head-on collision on her way to the graduation. In her unconscious state, she traces the year flashing back to events involving a dozen students. Their issues include illiteracy, early pregnancy, learning disabilities, crime, homosexuality, sexual perversion, racial bias, alcoholism and drug addiction. The conflict - their "real" human issues versus the "inhumane" school institution. By symbolically making all kids "products" tracked on different conveyor belts - in the factory, the author rips open the heart and soul of Heritage High.
Throughout the novel, the conflict between the human needs of the teens and the rules of the factory builds. Some kids drop off the conveyor belt; one, Jim Bartlett, chooses suicide as his way out. In the last thread of the novel, the dying teacher meets Jim Bartlett. With Jim, now as her teacher, she experiences a true "TIMELESSNESS". She sees her students in their future lives. By expanding time, the author is able to help the teacher and the reader make sense of the incongruity and emptiness of a typical year in the school factory.
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