‘Reading with Patrick’ — in class and jail | Joanne

The daughter of middle-class Taiwanese immigrants, Michelle Kuo went from Harvard to Helena, Arkansas as a Teach for America volunteer. She was assigned to an alternative school used “as a dumping ground for the so-called bad kids.” One of her students was a 15-year-old eighth grader named Patrick, a “mild-mannered” boy who was “thirsty for encouragement.”

Her goal, she writes in Reading With Patrick, was to “teach American history through black literature.”

The book “could be the most affecting book you’ll read this year,” writes Terry Hong in the Christian Science Monitor.

Kuo is…

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