Reading with Patrick - Michelle Kuo

Reading with patrick

To celebrate the publication of Michelle Kuo’s Reading with Patrick, an honest, inspiring story of friendship and the transformative power of books, we’re offering 20 reading groups the chance to receive a set of 10 books to read and review.

We ask that you share your reviews with us on the review cards provided in your book packs. If you or your reading group is on social media, we would love it if you would share your thoughts with @readingagency and @panmacmillan, using hashtag #ReadingwithPatrick.

We’re also offering one group the chance to win a brilliant book bundle from Pan Macmillan – all you have to do is tell us, in just a few words, what reading means to you.

About the book

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

As a young English teacher keen to make a difference, Michelle Kuo took a job at a tough school in the Mississippi Delta, sharing books and poetry with a young African-American teenager named Patrick and his classmates. For the first time, these kids began to engage with ideas and dreams beyond their small town, and to gain an insight into themselves. Two years later, Michelle left to go to law school; but Patrick began to lose his way, killing a man and facing a lengthy jail sentence. And that’s when Michelle decided that her work was not done, and began to visit Patrick once a week, and soon every day, to read with him again.

Reading With Patrick is a story of hope, friendship and the power of books to transform – and even to save – a life.

“Honest, generous, humble and wise, Reading With Patrick will endure as a defining story of our times, and, abidingly, a testament to the power of languages and books.” – Claire Messud

About the author

Michelle Kuo taught English at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta for two years. After teaching, she attended Harvard Law School as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and worked legal aid at a nonprofit for Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, on a Skadden Fellowship, with a focus on tenants’ and workers’ rights. She has volunteered as a teacher at the Prison University Project and clerked for a federal appeals court judge in the Ninth Circuit. Currently she teaches courses on race, law, and society at the American University in Paris.

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