I had a hard time reading this because of my own experiences as a teacher. Parts were very interesting, but ultimately I couldn't get into the narrative. I suppose I carry too much teacher baggage with me. I think it would be a good choice for someone interested in education but not totally and utterly enmeshed in it. I am also particularly into imaginative fiction so I suppose that is another bias I carry.
I absolutely love the mind and prose of Carolyn Kremers. This is the only book she's published so far; too bad, because I would read anything she's written. The book was delicious in its descriptions and I appreciated the immense heart she put into telling the story of the people she encountered in Alaska.