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Ridiculous/Hilarious/Terrible/Cool: A Year in an American High School

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Elisha Cooper spent a year hanging out at a Chicago high school— listening, watching, questioning, and sketching the students. He followed eight kids in particular, mostly seniors, through their entire year, and by telling their specific stories—of classes, extra-curriculars, friends, romances, and family—he gives us a more general picture of what i‛s like to be a high school student today. Part documentary, part soap opera, part sketchbook, this is an eye-opening, thoroughly entertaining account—one that will appeal equally to readers who are looking forward to high school and those who are looking back.

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"Cooper, known for his savvy picture books (Beach; A Good Night Walk) and his parenting memoir, Crawling, trains his sights on teens with this perceptive documentary account of an academic year at Walter Payton High, a magnet school in Chicago (a few references locate the year as 2005 — 2006). Focusing primarily on seniors, he intersperses scenes about Emily, the straight-A soccer captain 'who walks through the halls as if she were knocking people out of the way'; Maya, the intense actor who has a 'small-town affect' and 'could play the role of The Good Student'; Daniel, the overachieving class president whose role model is Barack Obama; Anais, the dedicated ballet dancer; Diana, the swimmer with a brother in jail; Anthony, obsessed with an ex-girlfriend and permanently ensconced in the cafeteria; Aisha, the only Muslim on campus; and Zef, the failing, caffeine-addicted insomniac. The school milieu is sharply and wittily evoked in deadpan transcriptions of anonymous conversations and descriptions of ordinary events like a basketball game (after it ends, the freshman who misses a key shot 'jogs over to the basket and jumps into the air... placing the imaginary ball into its rightful place'). Readers looking for a story, however, may be disappointed; the considerable strengths of the work come from Cooper's genius for observation and confident refusal to dramatize what he finds. Illustrated throughout with small sketches; final art not seen by PW. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Elisha Cooper is the author of the acclaimed memoir Crawling: A Fathe‛s First Year, the sketchbook A Year in New Dance! among many other illustrated books. He lives in New York City.

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Tim Cook, February 26, 2009 (view all comments by Tim Cook)
Wow, high school has certainly changed since I was there in the mid 80's. Yet in many ways, it's not all that different. This book reminded me of why I'm glad I don't have to go back.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780803731691
Subtitle:
a year in an american high school
Author:
Cooper, Elisha
Publisher:
Dial
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
High school students
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
People & Places - United States
Subject:
High school students - Illinois - Chicago
Subject:
High schools -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20080313
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.09x5.98x.97 in. .71 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cooper, known for his savvy picture books (Beach; A Good Night Walk) and his parenting memoir, Crawling, trains his sights on teens with this perceptive documentary account of an academic year at Walter Payton High, a magnet school in Chicago (a few references locate the year as 2005 — 2006). Focusing primarily on seniors, he intersperses scenes about Emily, the straight-A soccer captain 'who walks through the halls as if she were knocking people out of the way'; Maya, the intense actor who has a 'small-town affect' and 'could play the role of The Good Student'; Daniel, the overachieving class president whose role model is Barack Obama; Anais, the dedicated ballet dancer; Diana, the swimmer with a brother in jail; Anthony, obsessed with an ex-girlfriend and permanently ensconced in the cafeteria; Aisha, the only Muslim on campus; and Zef, the failing, caffeine-addicted insomniac. The school milieu is sharply and wittily evoked in deadpan transcriptions of anonymous conversations and descriptions of ordinary events like a basketball game (after it ends, the freshman who misses a key shot 'jogs over to the basket and jumps into the air... placing the imaginary ball into its rightful place'). Readers looking for a story, however, may be disappointed; the considerable strengths of the work come from Cooper's genius for observation and confident refusal to dramatize what he finds. Illustrated throughout with small sketches; final art not seen by PW. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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