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'The Kids from Nowhere is, straightforwardly, a heart-lifting epic about the educational triump of a group of Yupik Eskimo students from tiny, isolated St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. But the story unfolds on several levels at once and is equally revealing about the stunning dedication of their gifted teacher and guide, George Guthridge.' --Award-winning author Barry Lopez

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From the world-award-winning writer comes the gripping, true story of a group of Alaskan Eskimo students who, despite nearly impossible odds, achieve one of the most stunning educational feats in the history of American education.
 
In 1982, George Guthridge brought his wife and two young daughters to Gambell, Alaska, a small village on the edge of the remote blizzard-swept St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, one of the harshest and most remote places in Alaska. Guthridge was there to teach at a Siberian-Yupik school — a school so troubled it was under threat of closure.
 
For its own reasons, the school district enters the students into one of the most difficult academic competitions in the nation. The school has no computers and very few books. The students lack world knowledge and speak English as a second language. Still, George resolves to coach them to a state championship. But the students have an even greater goal of their own.
 
Hilarious, disturbing, densely atmospheric — and packed with surprises at every turn — The Kids from Nowhere is a powerful, poignant story that will make you want to cry and cheer at the same time. Similar to an Alaskan Stand and Deliver, this is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity that provides a fascinating view of a remote Alaska Native village.

About the Author

George Guthridge has been nationally honored four times as an educator for his work with Alaska Native youth. Using his methods, his rural-Alaska students have graduated from such places as MIT, Harvard, West Point, Yale Law School, the University of Washington Medical School, Syracuse, and Stanford. A former technical writer and science magazine editor-in-chief, he has published five novels and more than seventy short stories and novelettes, and has been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula Awards for science fiction and fantasy three times. He and co author Janet Berliner won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award, for Children of the Dusk. He is now Professor of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay. He is currently creating a DVD and workbook series about his revolutionary approaches to teaching writing and grammar.

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Grady Harp, May 23, 2007 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
A Story of Triumph as Told by a Gifted Novelist

There are times when stories about successes in educational advancement are told in a manner that feels more like inspirational magazine material than a book: the achievements of underprivileged young people overcoming potentially insurmountable odds are related in a touching way but hardly register as great writing - content over style.

In the matter of 'THE KIDS FROM NOWHERE: The Story Behind the Arctic Educational Miracle' the author is George Guthridge who not only is a fine educator but he is also a superb novelist. It is this added bonus of a beautifully written novel that just happens to contain a true story that makes this book so fine. Guthridge writes with utter clarity, presents his amazing facts, and yet relates this 'miracle' in a manner that makes every page a literary delight.

In 1982 teachers George and Mary Guthridge and their two young daughters accepted a teaching assignment out of financial desperation - a school in Gambell, Alaska on an isolated St. Lawrence Island between Alaska and Siberia, a school approaching collapse, peopled with Yupik 'Eskimos' known for their defiance of authority and apparent lack of ambition - a job that would pay well despite the formidable prospects. With wise insight and elegantly fluid style, Guthridge relates his time in Gambell, his family's assimilation into a new culture, and his approach to education that turned a 'trapped' class of young students into scholars by involving these inherently very bright students in a process called 'Future Problem Solving Program'.

Guthridge takes the reader to this strange place with his ability to create atmosphere and to define his cast of characters in a way that the True Story aspect of the book is merely one part of a most satisfying novel. He carefully describes the young students' lives and initial responses to regarding classroom education as secondary to walrus/whale/seal hunting, finding stories about each that are at once comical and tender and tragic. The fact that he struggled with the educational system of Alaska and the paucity of supplies such as books and computers and yet overcame all odds, both administrative and personal, to slowly develop the students into the brilliant scholars who would win national championships in the Future Problem Solving Program is indeed a miracle, a testament to the courage and humanity of the man who writes this memoir. 'We married Western culture's syllogistic, abstract, linear thinking to the holistic, nonlinear, realistic reasoning of indigenous culture. The result is a communicator who addresses the world in a new way.'

THE KIDS FROM NOWHERE is not only a book that will appeal to educators (and should be required reading for burned out teachers!), it is simply a very fine novel about life and humanity and courage and triumph of the human spirit. Highly recommended reading. Grady Harp
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780882406510
Author:
Guthridge, George
Publisher:
Alaska Northwest Books
Subject:
Educators
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Academic achievement
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Yupik children - Education - Alaska - Gambell
Subject:
Yupik children - Alaska - Gambell -
Subject:
Biography-Educators
Subject:
Education-Multicultural
Subject:
Education, Yupik children, Social conditions, Social life, Customs,, Bilingual education, Academic acheivement.
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Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20061001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
8.38x5.46x.84 in. .96 lbs.

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"Review" by , 'The Kids from Nowhere is, straightforwardly, a heart-lifting epic about the educational triump of a group of Yupik Eskimo students from tiny, isolated St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. But the story unfolds on several levels at once and is equally revealing about the stunning dedication of their gifted teacher and guide, George Guthridge.' --Award-winning author Barry Lopez
"Synopsis" by ,
From the world-award-winning writer comes the gripping, true story of a group of Alaskan Eskimo students who, despite nearly impossible odds, achieve one of the most stunning educational feats in the history of American education.
 
In 1982, George Guthridge brought his wife and two young daughters to Gambell, Alaska, a small village on the edge of the remote blizzard-swept St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, one of the harshest and most remote places in Alaska. Guthridge was there to teach at a Siberian-Yupik school — a school so troubled it was under threat of closure.
 
For its own reasons, the school district enters the students into one of the most difficult academic competitions in the nation. The school has no computers and very few books. The students lack world knowledge and speak English as a second language. Still, George resolves to coach them to a state championship. But the students have an even greater goal of their own.
 
Hilarious, disturbing, densely atmospheric — and packed with surprises at every turn — The Kids from Nowhere is a powerful, poignant story that will make you want to cry and cheer at the same time. Similar to an Alaskan Stand and Deliver, this is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity that provides a fascinating view of a remote Alaska Native village.
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