Class Set of a Book for Struggling High School Readers
My students need 40 copies (a class set) of "Ask Me No Questions" by Marina Budhos
Invisible and transitory- my students after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. I teach High School English to classroom where the majority of the students are about four years behind their grade level.
These students were dealing with horrific problems before Katrina: severe poverty, broken families, and a community marked by violence and drugs. After Katrina, they now deal with the additional hardships of a displaced community and literally becoming "invisible" to the state through the loss or destruction of their permanent records.
Marina Budhos book, "Ask Me No Questions," looks at how a young Pakistani girl finds identity in a new country as she struggles with issues of race, displacement, and a broken family. It teaches how she overcomes her obstacles to give back to her community, the exact same thing we're trying to teach our High School students. While the school I work at is over 99% African-American, this book will help them examine their own issues while exposing them to problems of another racial sub-group (and they've frequently asked me for books that "aren't about us").
I only have a class-set of an outdated Literature text book. To have a book that's both relevant and high interest will help motivate my class to read, and hopefully continue the healing in a community which has suffered so much already.
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