By award-winning author Jonathan LaPoma. Fiction. Paperback.Winner of 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes (Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction category) Bronze medal winner of 2016 FAPA President's Awards (Adult eBook category) Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with alienation and addiction as they try to survive a year of teaching at dysfunctional Miami public schools. A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel, Developing Minds is centered on 24-year-old Luke Entelechy, an aspiring writer who sees his creative output suffer when he begins teaching at one of Miami's most challenging middle schools. As the year progresses, however, Luke begins to relate to the neglect and abuse his students suffer, and is faced with a "haunting" decision: continue to let his dark past destroy him, or rise above the struggle to realize his potential as an artist and a "real" human being. Equal parts disturbing and humorous, Developing Minds offers a brutally honest look at the American public school system and the extreme measures many teachers take to cope with working in it. * Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story is the fourth book in a loosely-linked series, with Hammond , The Summer of Crud , and Understanding the Alacrán as books one-three, and The Soul City Salvation as book five. Each novel can be read independently of the others.
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