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Title: Reading With Patrick
Authors: Kuo, Michelle
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 279
Year: 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing
Language: English
Description: Under the auspices of Teach for America and armed with a strong social conscience and a recent college education, Michelle Kuo opts to teach in an alternative school in one of the poorest areas in the US, the Mississippi Delta. One of her students is Patrick Browning, a 15-year-old African-American boy who thrives under her tutelage. She then heads off to Harvard Law School, and when she is next in contact with him, he's in prison for murder. Michelle returns to pick up where she left off, reading with him and mentoring him into a different future.

This is an inspirational memoir of two memorable characters with a mutually transformative friendship, that confronts the politics of disadvantage and confirms that books do indeed have the power to change lives.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Extremely honest portrayal of the author's doubts and insecurities."

"Fascinating story, well-written and easy to read."

"This is an insightful and thought-provoking read."

"The book gives a good portrayal of life and its injustices in the poorest area in the USA."

"The author's relationship with Patrick, and the difference she as his teacher made for him was inspiring."

"The book made me as a reader care deeply for Patrick and all the other Patricks out there."
Categories: Non fiction, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Human Rights, Learning, Social commentary/perspectives, America, 2020 Titles

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