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Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
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Jun 30, 10

Read in June, 2010

A must-read for teachers! Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum encapsulates the big dreams of pre-teens: "When you are in school, your talents are without number, and your promise is boundless. You ace a math test: you will one day work for NASA. The choir director asks you to sing a solo at the holiday concert: you are the next Mariah Carey." And, at the same time, Ms. Hempel herself wonders if a lack of talent has landed her in this Brooklyn classroom, directing the dreamers instead of pursuing dreams of her own. One of my favorite books in a long time.
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