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Seven Days of Possibilities: One Teacher, 24 Kids, and the Music That Changed Their Lives Forever

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The inspirational true story of one plucky young teacher, whose passion for her students transformed their lives-some for only seven days, others for a lifetime. Johanna Grussner arrived in New York City starry-eyed. She was a young Finnish jazz singer looking for the big time. But it was hard to find steady gigs. Propelled by pluck, determination, and a smidgen of ...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by PublicAffairs (first published June 2004)
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May 16, 2011 Lynn rated it it was ok
This was a disappointing book -- as you can tell from the start date and all the books I have read since starting this one, it was extraordinarily easy to put down and almost forget that I had checked out from the library.

The concept was wonderful -- music and underprivileged school children. It had the "Sound of Music" written all over it. However, I was just so disenchanted for the writing seemed petty at times. The reader watches Johanna get into the school and grab the attention of the teach
Sep 14, 2012 Kcshrader rated it it was ok
So uneven... parts were compelling, parts were a poorly done documentary. Some parts read like a legal brief and some touching memoirs. In places the prose was beautiful and lyrical, and in others it read more like it had been written by someone for whom English was a 2nd language, poorly mastered. This book could have been notable with much stronger editing to improve its consistency.
Jun 11, 2010 Megan rated it it was ok
Even though I rated this slightly low, I wouldn't say it was a boring book. It had really neat info about the history of NY schools (these chapters I skimmed). I enjoyed more the chapters about the children's experience in Aland - partly because it reminded me of my good ol choir days abroad. I admired Johanna's excitement for music.
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