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Up the Down Staircase

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Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase is one of the best-loved novels of our time. It has been translated into sixteen languages, made into a prize-winning motion picture, and staged as a play at high schools all over the United States; its very title has become part of the American idiom.

Never before has a novel so compellingly laid bare the inner workings of a metropolita

Paperback, Action Edition, 79 pages
Published June 29th 1969 by Dramatic Publishing Company
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Jun 24, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
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For a short period of time after college, I taught in an inner city high school in a large metropolitan area, and I can attest that Bel Kaufman's descriptions are completely accurate. Most teachers make the journey Kaufman did in uncovering the lives of their students. In a ninth grade economics class, I had every child who did not have a Social Security card fill out the form. I then hand-delivered the forms to the SS office, and the children were sent their cards. One young man's grandmother c ...more
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My school is currently preparing to perform this show. I play Elizabeth Ellis. c:

UPDATE: The show last night was FANTASTIC! I'm going to miss the cast so much and it's so sad that I'll never get to do this show exactly this way again.
Jul 04, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: theatre, teaching
I like this better in novel form, but this would still be fun to stage. Lots of great characters that high school students could connect with.
Feb 24, 2015 Kayley rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful story with equal amount of seriousness and comedy relief. I played Sylvia Barrett in my high school's Drama Club. :) That was one of my proudest moments in my young life.
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