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August 7, 2012
A Place For Me In The World recently garnered praise in The Boston Globe, which called it a "magnificent book" and "a triumph of middle school education." Furthermore, Boston Magazine dubs the collection, "the best Boston book you'll buy this year." We couldn't agree more.
The Boston Globe opinion article states,
"On Monday night, middle school students at the Mission Hill School in Roxbury signed copies and read excerpts from their recently published work, A Place for Me in the World: People Talk About the Work They Love. The narrated accounts and question-and-answer sessions draw on the experiences of 45 mostly local workers. It's a nice mix that includes a ventriloquist who throws his voice into a jar, a veterinary surgeon who specializes in large animals, and a philosophical benefits coordinator at the MBTA.
The book even manages to meet the 'domain-specific vocabulary' challenge courtesy of a cake decorator, who shares her knowledge of 'fondant' icing, and Mayor Menino, who introduces a couple of middle-school reporters to the concept of 'wraparound' social services.
A Place for Me in the World was published by 826 Boston, an inspired, nonprofit group dedicated to teaching creative and expository writing. Its staffers and volunteers teased out the students' career interests and matched them with interview subjects. Administrators and teachers at the project-based Mission Hill School skillfully integrated the book project into the school's theme-based curriculum, which this year focuses on 'the world of work.'"
Read the whole article on Boston.com.
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