Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes

Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes

Large Print - 2020
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"When a devoted teacher comes under pressure for her progressive curriculum and a helicopter mom goes viral on social media, two women at odds with each other find themselves in similar predicaments, having to battle back from certain social ruin. Isobel Johnson has spent her career in Liston Heights sidestepping the community's high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a liberal agenda, she's in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Julia Abbott, obsessed with the casting of the school's winter musical, makes an error in judgment that has far-reaching consequences for her entire family. Brought together by the sting of public humiliation, Isobel and Julia learn firsthand how entitlement and competition can go too far, thanks to a secret Facebook page created as an outlet for parent grievances. The Liston Heights High student body will need more than a strong sense of school spirit to move past these campus dramas in an engrossing debut novel that addresses parents behaving badly and teenagers speaking up, even against their own families"--
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cenngage company,, 2020
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432881450
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 581 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Mar 08, 2020

Karma, how satisfying it is! When a secret Facebook group becomes a gathering spot for helicopter wealthy parents, an English teacher, is targeted because of her liberal agenda of getting kids to see different viewpoints. One mother is uber-determined to make sure her children succeed—that is be educated in the mold mom has set for them. There’s a lot in here about how a community like this is extremely challenging to teach in, the power of social media to influence people, how your online comments can come back to haunt you and how kids can often act in a more mature manner than their parents. It is an easy read and well worth the time.

Feb 01, 2020

There are some good bits to this new title skewering helicopter parents and school politics: 1) Reminders of the ills of bullying on social media. 2) A book that ends with adults modeling adult behavior. 3) A catchy title. Honestly, though, this book was a tough read for me. I considered making it a DNF several times. Many of the characters in this book engineer their own catastrophes through their ignorant and/or irresponsible behavior. My takeaway from this book is the reminder to respect others and avoid making snap judgments and engaging in gossip. Parents and teachers need to partner together, not be in opposition to each other.


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