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Excerpt of Jonathan Kozol’s new book, Fire in the Ashes

A powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children

In Fire in the Ashes, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood.

It’s also a look at the urgent issues that confront our urban schools – a devastating race-gap, a pathological regime of obsessive testing and drilling students for exams instead of giving them the rich curriculum that excites a love of learning. Why certain children rise above it all, graduate from high school and do well in college, while others are defeated by the time they enter adolescence, lies at the essence of this work.

Read an excerpt of Fire in the Ashes.

Fire in the Ashes; Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

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