Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Just Read And Recommended
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2007 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
Books on the inadvertent themes of the US public school culture and acclimating ourselves to otherness.
As in Jake, Reinvented, Korman's retelling of The Great Gatsby, he's interested in how student mobs inside schools treat their leaders and outsiders, and what switches their attitude towards a particular newcomer between adulation and scorn. (This is not to mention the actual mob psychology he examines in Son of the Mob and its sequel.) Both Korman's No More Dead Dogs and Schooled also feature stubborn truthtellers and alternate among their points of view and those of their peers and authority figures. Were Korman to take a darker turn he'd write Avi's Nothing But The Truth, the scary realistic docu-style drama about a kid who becomes a political football because of a classroom misunderstanding.
13 Nov 2007, 13:34 p.m.
I just read Schooled, too (because I like to read things I give as gifts to make sure I approve of them). I'd put it in the interesting and worth a read, but not stellar category. If you haven't read Holes by Louis Sachar, I'd strongly recommend it, and if you are interested in social politics in schools, I highly recommend watching Mean Girls, which is a fantastic movie. I'm waiting in the household line to read John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades, but if I finish Japan, Inc. (an introduction to Japanese economics via manga) before Moss finishes the Scalzi book, I may check out Agent to the Stars next.