- Paperback | 184 pages
- 134.6 x 198.1 x 15.2mm | 158.76g
- 02 Jul 2007
- HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- Boston, MA, United States
- Illustrations, black and white
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Back cover copy
As floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina surged at their heels, fleeing New Orleanians had their minds more on safety than whether their children would be missing school.But when a group of evacuee parents who settled in New Iberia, Louisiana, realized they would not be returning home quickly, they set about reconstructing their families lives. And so they turned to beloved New Orleans schoolteacher Paul Reynaud, whose fierce determination and unwavering spirit transformed an abandoned office into a one-room schoolhouse.This is the story of Sugarcane Academy: twenty-five students, their devoted parents, an inspiring teacher, and the boundless power of learning.
This wonderful memoir manages to do what a flood of news-reporting could not: see the tragedy of Katrina through the eyes of children. The story of the Sugarcane Academy, an improvised one-room school in a sugarcane parish in south Louisiana, will be one of the lasting books of our tragedy. --Andrei Codrescu, author of New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City
Michael Tisserand is the author of The Kingdom of Zydeco, which won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music writing.He served as editor of Gambit Weekly, the alternative newsweekly of New Orleans.He lives in Evanston, Illinois.