A Year Of The Teacher by Steve Logston

A ‘Wow’ Ending

A Year Of The Teacher by Steve Logston is a compulsive read that drew me in from the start.

The action is told in the first person enabling the reader to become intimately acquainted with the lead character’s thoughts and feelings. We follow him through his first year of teaching.

Teaching requires commitment and dedication. The reader witnesses the conflict between school duties and the pull of having a personal life.

As a young man the lead character had other interests such as being in a band and drinking alcohol. As a female I found it difficult to relate to his lifestyle but this did not detract from recognising that the book was well written.

I did not know when the book was set (maybe I missed it) but as there is racial discrimination and prejudice towards African Americans, and the stigma of unmarried mothers, I am surmising the book is set in 1960’s America. It is shocking for the reader to witness these attitudes.

Basketball is important to the school. We see the dedication needed to be chosen for the team.

There are clashes between the haves and have-nots. Some believe their birthright should give them privileges and status, in contrast with those who achieve through hard work and talent. The reader can ‘feel’ the tension.

I enjoyed the book as I made my way through it – but wow, the ending – goodness that was powerful! It certainly made me sit up and take notice! Definitely a ‘wow’ moment.

I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

A word of caution: there are scenes and language that some readers may not like.

JULIA WILSON

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