Seven Days of Possibilities

Seven Days of Possibilities : One Teacher, 24 Kids and the Music That Changed Their Lives Forever

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The inspirational true story of one plucky young teacher, whose passion for her students transformed their lives-some for only seven days, others for a lifetime. Johanna Grussner arrived in New York City starry-eyed. She was a young Finnish jazz singer looking for the big time. But it was hard to find steady gigs. Propelled by pluck, determination, and a smidgen of desperation, she obtained a job teaching music at P.S. 86, a public school in the Bronx. At first, it was just to pay the bills. But over the course of several years, Johanna formed an intense, transformative connection with her students. She helped turn them from tough, angry, street-smart city kids into a disciplined, technically proficient, soaringly beautiful gospel chorus. Johanna came to identify so strongly with her students that she eventually took them to her hometown in rural Finland, to meet her family and friends, to perform in a gospel concert, and to show them what an alternate childhood-one of tiny schools, quiet classrooms, fresh air, wholesome meals, and endless music-could be like. Seven Days of Possibilities offers an inside look at the politics, history, and complex personal relationships that governshow more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 142.2 x 210.8 x 30.5mm | 476.28g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586481967
  • 9781586481964

About Anemona Hartocollis

Anemona Hartocollis is a reporter and columnist for the New York Times, where she covered education for five years. She lives with her husband and three children in West Harlem. This is her first book.show more

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