by Hannah Wehr
A Teacher’s First Year in Juvenile Hall
Hannah Wehr presents a bleak, scorchingly funny, to-the-bone account of her first year working in a juvenile detention center. Ostensibly about her teaching experiences, the book is also a stinging indictment of the entire juvenile prison system that repeatedly fails young inmates. Hannah makes compelling arguments for stripping down, re-defining and re-organizing the system. Read these young students’ stories. Hear their voices. Be prepared for your heart to be broken and filled and broken and filled again. Hannah Wehr writes from the hip: an unsentimental, direct, clear and essential voice.
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