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Yo Miss: A Graphic Look At High Schoool

Yo Miss: A Graphic Look At High Schoool

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by Lisa Wilde

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Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look at High School takes the reader inside Wildcat Academy, a second chance high school in New York City where all the students are considered at-risk. Through strong and revealing black and white images, the book tells the story of eight students who are trying to get that ticket to the middle class – a high school diploma.


Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look at High School takes the reader inside Wildcat Academy, a second chance high school in New York City where all the students are considered at-risk. Through strong and revealing black and white images, the book tells the story of eight students who are trying to get that ticket to the middle class – a high school diploma. Whether they succeed or not has as much to do with what happens outside the classroom as in, and the value of perseverance is matched by the power of a second chance. It is a story that shows these teens in all their beauty, intelligence, suffering, humor, and humanity (and also when they are really pains in the behind.) A view from the trenches of public education, Yo, Miss challenges preconceptions about who these kids are, and what is needed to help them graduate.

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Publishers Weekly
The emotional plot elements are more powerful than the primitive art, but overall, this is a touching portrait of the struggles of an inner-city English teacher. Author Wilde has taught at a second-chance New York City high school for the past 16 years. This story, inspired by real events, follows a group of at-risk students—those who have failed or been expelled from other schools—through a year of challenges. Will the kids graduate? Will one girl’s pregnancy prevent her from taking a needed final exam? Will one boy stay in school as needed for his probation? Wilde’s art is rough, but the dialogue generally carries the reader through, and some of the layouts are clever (as when Wilde structures a character list as a pop quiz). She makes the reader root for these kids as desperately as she does, hoping for them to make the right decisions and somehow win. Key questions—including the racial implications of a white teacher in a class made up of students of color—aren’t explored in order to end on a high note, with many students hoping for college. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

“I just looked at a bunch of Yo, Miss, and it's riveting!...This is such an amazing project--I'm not sure how you have the energy to teach all day and do all this writing and drawing, but keep it up!”
Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, Are You My Mother?

“I’ve read and been incredibly moved by your chapters – thank you. The story re. Oedipus is so powerful that I’ve been telling it to others.”
Deborah Meier, The Power of Their Ideas

“…Lends a sense of realism too often lacking in Hollywood portraits of inner-city high schools… a brave and fascinating look at Wilde’s workplace realities.”
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Brian Heater — Boing Boing

“She succeeds at revealing the anxiety and the hope underlying her work at the school without soliciting cheap empathy for her or her students fighting against the odds…I’d recommend this zine on its merits as a comic and as a snapshot of inner city American education.”
Zine review of the month, April 2014
Joshua Barton — Broken Pencil

"For anyone who has ever had demanding experiences working in education Yo, Miss might trigger violent flashbacks... Oh, the humanity. Get it and get educated."
Sean Arenas – Razorcake

“Lisa Wilde’s black and white drawings explode with complexity, layered metaphors and gorgeous perspective…”
Joanna Clapps Herman
Author of The Anarchist Bastard and No Longer and Not Yet

“Reading your graphic novel was a transformative experience for me…It was at once completely true - a realistic portrayal of the challenges and day-today experiences of teaching, and also a work of art, in that it took the truth and made it universal and beautiful and painful and somehow more true than the day-to-day ever could be…”
Alexis Goldberg, Achievement Coach, The Urban Assembly; Fellow, Academy for Teachers

"Inspiring and heartbreaking"
Martha Cornog — Library Journal

Product Details

Microcosm Publishing
Publication date:
World Around Us Series
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
GN570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Wilde: Lisa Wilde has taught at Wildcat Academy, a second-chance high school in New York City, for the past 16 years. Her work has appeared in Alive With Vigor, Kugelmas, Show & Tell, and WritingDisorder.

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Yo Miss: A Graphic Look At High Schoool 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
H-Wolfe More than 1 year ago
I've been excited about Yo, Miss since its beginning.  When I read some of the first chapters in their early drafts   I was both delighted and moved. Now, seeing the finished project, I am touched by Lisa's skillful drawings that bring life to the captivating text. After reading this graphic novel I feel like I know the characters and understand their challenges. Wilde's subtle humor drew me into this unusual and tender novel.  I have a renewed respect for  the  educators who commit their lives to those students who need a second chance. Thank you for persevering!   I appreciate your ability to work with our flawed educational system to really make a difference.   Holly Wolfe, retired teacher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With this powerful work, Lisa Wilde has accurately, creatively, and emotionally captured the struggles facing many inner-city high school students and teachers. Through descriptive dialogue, creative images, and an interesting plot, the reader is taken, for a brief moment, into the minds of struggling students, and the many caring and dedicated teachers, like Lisa Wilde, who work ceaselessly to help students achieve success. The novel has a good mix of seriousness and comedy which reflect most days in NYC high school classrooms.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yo Miss was a fun read and I was really cheering for all the kids to work hard, catch a break, and succeed. I loved the realness of the book, the colorful characters, nicknames, and the actual poems from Wildcat students used in the book. I was surprised by and felt optimistic about the strong desire these kids have to graduate high school and go on to college. I loved how the students stick together and pull for each other. The book raised my awareness of the many obstacles these disadvantaged students face and what a great struggle it is for them succeed. It is clear that it is the love, support, involvement, and true caring from Wildcat staff that make the difference for these kids. The book gave me a renewed appreciation for teachers like Lisa Wilde and for schools like Wildcat. What an exhausting, but truly rewarding profession.