Developing Minds

Developing Minds

by Jonathan LaPoma

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BN ID: 2940150837300
Publisher: Laughing Fire Press
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 351
Sales rank: 537,108
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jonathan LaPoma is from Buffalo, NY. In 2005, he received a BA in history and a secondary education credential from the State University of New York at Geneseo. A few months after graduating, he and a friend took a seven-week cross-country road trip from Buffalo to the Pacific. Within a year of his return, he bought a one-way ticket to Mexico, where he lived in a small Pacific coast town for five months and traveled throughout the country in an attempt to find answers to questions that haunt many young adults trying to find their place in the world. These experiences have become the inspiration for much of his writing, which often explores themes of alienation and misery as human constructions that can be overcome through self-understanding and the acceptance of suffering.

Jonathan has written two novels, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of songs and poems. His screenplays have won over 60 awards/honors at various international screenwriting competitions, including first-place victories in the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest (Grand Jury Prize), the 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest (two wins: Grand Jury Prize and First in the Drama category), the 2014 London Film Awards (Grand Prize: Feature Screenplay category), the 2014 Awareness Film Festival, and the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards (The New York Award). He lives in San Diego, CA, and teaches at a public secondary school. www.jonathanlapoma.com

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Developing Minds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bookmarks & Blue Light WP More than 1 year ago
Insightful. This book reveals plenty about the American educational institution and how it’s not designed to be the most appropriate system for troubled young minds from a troubled neighbourhood. The narrator, Luke and his friend, Billy groan and complain about having to teach and are sceptic about the whole system. More than once in this novel, they’re wondering why they’re even doing it. What’s in a title? Sometimes, you can tell lots about a book just from its title. Developing Minds; I see this as both verb and the main character Luke's state. He is developing both young minds (students) and his own mind. Ghost Story; This novel is written in such a way that the pursuit of educating young minds from troubled families in a troubled neighbourhood is scary. Luke goes into class imagining all sorts of trouble he’ll have to neutralise and at the same time, teach. It’s moving to see Mr Entelechy having moments where he’s getting through to a tough classroom. But hey, his name is Entelechy after all.