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Born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, USA, Ken Brimhall is a retired teacher who recently moved to San Antonio, Texas, USA, after living thirty-one years in San Juan, Texas, USA, a small border town near McAllen. He spent his boyhood years working on the family farm, going to church and playing sports. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, he bummed around, and in 1976 joined the Peace Core. He has two daughters: Pegy, an Internet entrepreneur in New York City; and Rita, a nurse in San Antonio. Nearly every year he and his wife, Adela, visit her family in the Guatemalan highlands.
on Sep. 23, 2012 :
I found that this book consistently describes a select population that I too am familiar with. Even though "mojo" and "mojas" weren't the predominant group in my high school, I had my fair share of interacting with them. The author does a great job describing both the physical characteristics and personality traits of each character in the book. Some of which I can relate to actual classmates. Even though Sizemore appears to be the true hero of the book, I believe Rubio exceeds him in various situations. He was trusting of few, but extremely dedicated and honest to those he cared about. Rubio is a nut case of a teacher, but he is "real" and demands a confusing type of attention that I found to be captivating. It truly is disappointing to know that school board members would rather take steps to increase test scores, rather than support and provide educators with strategies to solve the discrepancies that largely exist in the system. I hope that the future of teachers and students isn't about passing a test, but instead finding methods that will promote learning and education.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)