“HILARIOUSLY FUNNY ONE MOMENT AND THOUGHT PROVOKING THE NEXT!”
“POIGNANT AND GRAPHIC TALES – WITH AN UNEXPECTED TWIST.”
“NICE TO KNOW YOUR PUPILS GOT YOUR BACK WHEN YOU NEED IT!” …
“… LAUGHED SO HARD I WAS ACTUALLY CRYING DURING PART OF THE BOOK…”
“THIS ACCURATE LOOK AT SCHOOL LIFE BROUGHT BACK MANY MEMORIES OF MY OWN TIME!”
“A BOOK FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS – AND MAYBE THE PUPILS!”
These stories from the classroom will have you laughing or weeping – sometimes both in the same minute!
Whether a student, teacher or parent you will wonder: How do they survive?
Waterloo Road or Grange Hill meet Gervase Phinn – well maybe! Readers of this book will have to admit that the stories about its characters will stay in your memory for a long time. With over twenty years of teaching experience behind him, G J Griffiths has brought to the reader some of the stories about the children he taught, in this amusing and often inspirational book. Without exception, everyone will recognize the characters and their captivating tales.
All through the book, we are made aware of the joys and disappointments experienced by the pupils and their teachers: Mr. Jeffrey and his colleagues. With the ever-present controversy about changes in the education system, this is a timely illustration of what is to be found in the classrooms of the contemporary High School.
The book tends to concentrate in the latter part on an unpleasant boy Kyle, who is a bully, and his effect on two other boys, Adam and Nigel Shantra. Unknown to Mr. Jeffrey he also affects the way his teaching job changes at the exact time that Robert really feels he has become a “good teacher”. The three paths of Nigel, Kyle, and Robert Jeffrey converge several years later in the last chapter.
Look out for an unexpected twist in this amusing collection of school stories that “should be made required reading for every student teacher!”
“From the Battlefield to the Classroom – such versatility”
I thoroughly enjoyed G J Griffith’s first novel – Fallen Hero – and looked forward to his second…..which, surprisingly moved from the battlefield to the classroom. In a former life, I was a teacher in a secondary school – I suspect G J Griffiths might well have been seen in front of a class full of eager learners as well – and as I progressed quickly through the book I journeyed back through my career, the underlying theme and the anecdotes being so realistic to my experiences. The plot which has an unexpected, but fulfilling climax, the good guy winning, holds you throughout, allowing time for the author to introduce and develop character driven anecdotes……it was these which made me think, “yes, I was there”…..the openly disruptive child, the would-be criminal designed for a spell of ‘Her Majesties Pleasure’, the hard working, pleasant, polite pupil [often overlooked by a teacher when describing ‘a day in the classroom’] and then, of course, the inter-staff relationships, at which pupils could only guess. You don’t have to be a teacher to appreciate the intricacies of this book as, after all, we’ve all been there… in the classroom where so much of life’s experiences have their foundation. I believe there is sufficient scope for G J Griffiths to write a sequel…I truly hope so.