Reading With Patrick: A Teacher, a Student and the Life-Changing Power of Books


By Michelle Kuo

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3 reviews

Reading With Patrick is the true story of a teacher, a boy who lost his way and the redemptive power of books


06 Oct 2017


Such an interesting book, and whilst this has been given a '3' as an average, group members individually gave this book 4.5 and 4/5 too.
This tells Michelle's story of 'Reading with Patrick' but whilst doing so, gives you so much more to think about.
Our group agreed this was an easy to read book, quite light and flowed easily despite the books content. I is an important book to read, and whilst it isn't necessarily Patrick who has written his side of the story, it is one that needed telling. It highlights many important issues for discussion both historic and how this relates to us now. Most importantly it demonstrates the deep importance of someone with a passion for reading and how the foundation of reading transforms lives.

Move this to the top of your book pile.

04 Nov 2017


A sometimes thought provoking read that explains a world I've never even thought about. I found the book a bit slow to get in to, but once it moved to the teaching stories it really picked up the pace.
The stark honesty of what life would be like for the young, black people of the South was sometimes shocking, and I think the author did her best to convey this to people who couldn't even begin to contemplate that life could be like that.
The book didn't captivate me as much as it could have, but a good read as a whole.

07 Nov 2017


A confusing book. Very strong on the injustice of the legal system in Southern USA and the social depravation.
The story of the teacher/pupil relationship is oddly naïve and disturbing
Somewhat baffling without previous knowledge of the educational system in the USA.
I became discouraged from time to time, having to re-read back into the context.
The plot varies in pace throughout.. agility of mind is required.
The characters kept up my motivation to learn more about them.
I don't feel Patrick benefited particularly by reading , but by the one to one attention by a caring adult. I think Patrick's reading skills might regress again as they did when Ms Kua left the Delta.

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