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Baldwin, Edward M.

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ISBN 10: 0979407443 / ISBN 13: 9780979407444
Published by Jazlo & Lossi Publishing, Jacksonville, Florida, 2008
Condition: Near Fine, P.o. Name Hardcover
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Title: Learnt

Publisher: Jazlo & Lossi Publishing, Jacksonville, Florida

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hard

Book Condition:Near Fine, P.o. Name

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Kenny Houston is a white teenager with problems. His grades are in the toilet; his friend-count qualifies him for leprosy; his bathroom scale hates him; he's been challenged to a fight more times than the heavyweight champion of the world; he has a discipline record the size of a teacher's ego, and he's being shipped to Lincoln High, a predominantly black alternative school in a week. Still, Kenny doesn't care about any of that. All he wants to do is make it through each day without angering his mother, who hates having black neighbors and an overweight son.

Tony Avery is a black man with problems too. He's Lincoln High's new English teacher, but he's not very popular. He doesn't fit in at all. Maybe it's his style of teaching. Maybe it's the way he corrects his students' inferior and embarrassing speech. Whatever it is, Tony has his share of problems. The last thing he needs is for a racist student like Kenny Houston to come along.

Or is it?

Portraying an authentic African-American dialect, Learnt tells the story of a discouraged teacher and a troubled student learning the most valuable lessons of their lives in one of Duval County's worst high schools. A tale that speaks out to teachers, parents, and anyone who has ever set foot in a high school classroom.

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With engrossing scenes, smart prose, and addictive characters, Baldwin's debut novel about life in a classroom more than makes the grade. Learnt, the first of his "classroom dramas," is not another teacher memoir about overcoming hard experiences in a tough school; it's fiction. Gripping, illuminating, powerful fiction. Set in Duval County, he tells the story of first-year English teacher Tony Avery, abused student Kenny Houston, and the infamous Lincoln High, a school that's every teacher's last choice of employment.

Character development is superb. Baldwin has a style that grows on you, and he submerges readers into two very different lives, entrancing us with the plights of some of the most engaging, most memorable characters ever to enter a classroom. We follow along with Tony and Kenny's personal struggles, eventually witnessing how their individual hardships influence life at Lincoln High. With a generous dose of plot twists and surprises, and portraying a fresh, bold dialect, Learnt packs the wallop of a talented, innovative writer who has only begun to write.

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