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The problem with narration is not the reader but bad sound editing. There are several places where sentences are repeated two or three times, which stilts the flow of the narrative. In addition one can hear the narrator clearing her throat.
This biography is the story of a school, a teacher, and a classroom.
Christina Asquith became an emergency teacher to fill in the gaps due to a severe teacher shortage. Her training was in journalism, not education, but her boyfriend had spent some time as a teacher and tried to help as best he could.
There were times that this book was painful to read - the woeful lack of supplies for the students, the dichotomy between those students who were so advanced that they were bored and they weren't learning, and those who were so far behind that they could not learn. The students at times aggravated me and made me cry due to their home lives and even minor triumphs in spite of them.
Once you get past the first chapter, which is the history of the school, the book moves along crisply, detailing the endless politics, the frustrating disruptions both inside and outside the classroom, and the soul-searching of Christina herself.
The narrator, for the most part, did a good job with feeling, tone, inflection, and even accents. Her portrayal of the principal was endlessly annoying, and occasionally she would deepen her voice for a character unnecessarily.
This book is by turns heart-warming and heart-wrenching, and well worth the read.