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Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 28th 6-7:30PM A portion of all sales this evening will go toward the Partnership for Youth Development. C-SPAN will be on hand to film this event for BookTV In this powerful narrative non-fiction debut, the lives of a student, a new teacher, and a principal in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina provide readers with a vivid and sobering portrait of education in 21st-century America. Geraldlynn is a lively, astute 14-year-old. Her family, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, returns home to find a radically altered public education system. Geraldlynns parents hope their daughter's new school will prepare her college-but the teenager has ideals and ambitions of her own. Aidan is a fresh-faced Harvard grad drawn to New Orleans by the possibility of bringing change to a flood-ravaged city. He teaches at an ambitious charter school with a group of newcomers determined to show the world they can use science, data, and hard work to build a model school. Mary Laurie is a veteran educator who becomes principal of one of the first public high schools to reopen after Katrina. Laurie and her staff find they must fight each day not only to educate the citys teenagers, but to keep the Walker community safe and whole. In this powerful narrative non-fiction debut, the lives of these three characters provide readers with a vivid and sobering portrait of education in twenty-first-century America. Hope Against Hope works in the same tradition as Random Family and There Are No Children Here to capture the challenges of growing up and learning in a troubled world. Sarah Carr is discussing and signing her book, Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City and the Struggle to Educate America's Children. If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.
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