UfSD 71: A School Novel

UfSD 71: A School Novel

by Joseph E Scalia

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Overview

Not since Bel Kaufman's 1964 novel Up the Down Staircase has a funnier book been written about teachers and teaching.


In 1971 Richard Nixon is in the White House preparing to run for a second term and Watergate is on the near horizon. Though winding down toward "peace with honor," the war in Vietnam is still in the headlines and protestors are in the streets. On Long Island, in Union Free School District 71, it is the beginning of the 1971-72 school year. At Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Memorial High School teachers, administrators and students begin counting down the days until June. First-year English teacher Jesse Tietjen has joined the faculty of R&G and discovers on day one that teaching isn't what he expected it would be. Neither are the teachers he encounters at the endless meetings that fill his day.


UFSD 71 will do for education in America what Joseph Heller's Catch 22 did for the dysfunctional military. This dark comic novel with its assortment of bizarre characters is shocking, thought provoking... and laugh out loud funny!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692999752
Publisher: Tawny Girl Press
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Pages: 666
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.47(d)

About the Author

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joseph E. Scalia taught English and Creative Writing for 33 years in Hicksville, Long Island, to reluctant junior/senior high school students. 'UFSD 71' is his 'magnum opus' begun on sabbatical in 1971 and completed 46 years later during his 20th year of retirement! "I'm either very thorough or very slow!" he admits. During those "in between years" he has written and published two novels - 'FREAKs' and 'Pearl,' three short story collections - 'No Strings Attached,' 'Brooklyn Family Scenes' and 'Scalia vs. The Universe Or: My Life And Hard Times,' three eBooks - 'Different Other Different Stories,' 'Fish Story: A Modern Fable for Grown Ups' and a collection of his poems - 'Poetry in Alphabetical Order.' In his spare time he talks to his plants, chases kids off his lawn, yells at the neighbor's dog and paints watercolors.

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