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Elaine Moore, a veteran teacher in Eagle River, Alaska, is a firm believer that the classroom is, first and foremost, a communityand that learning is best when shared in a circle of peers. When one of her students, ten-year-old Seamus Farrell, is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Elaine, her students, and her innovative methods of teaching are put to their most severe test. Elaine's Circle is the true account of this small-town teacher who led her fourth-grade students through the biggest challenge of their young lives. This book provides a heart-wrenching, intimate look at the utterly remarkable achievements of this dedicated teacher, a supportive community, and a group of children who rallied to make Seamus Farrell's impending death an unforgettable lesson about life.
About the Author
Bob Katz is coauthor of The New Public School Parent (Penguin, 2002), termed "the best book available for parents sending their children to public schools", according to bestselling author Mel Levine. He is also author of the novel Hot Air (Birch Lane), termed "a thoughtful, amusing debut" by Kirkus and optioned for a movie by MGM. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Parents, USA Today, Mother Jones, Chicago Tribune, Family Life, the Nation, Boston Globe, Parenting, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. In addition, he has appeared on NPR, CNN's Talk Back Live, ABC's Good Morning America, and many other TV and radio programs. He lives in Massachusetts.