The Water Engine: An American Fable and Mr. Happiness : Two Plays

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Grove Press, 1978 - Education - 84 pages
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Pennsbury High School would be like any other were it not for one thing: its prom. Its spring dance is considered by"Reader's Digest to be one of "America's best legacies.""Wonderland is the inspiring true story of a dance floor and the kids who fill it: a tale of hope, sex, love, and loss. For one year, the students, parents, and teachers of Pennsbury invited Michael Bamberger, a senior writer for "Sports Illustrated, into their classtooms, their homes, their parties, and their dreams. He discovered an extraordinary and disparate group of everyday teenagers whose stories were touching, odd, funny, and beautiful. In "Wonderland, lives intersect in unpredictable ways and are never what they appear to be. The star quarterback hides the pain of not knowing where his father is. The senior in low-cut jeans and the black Corvette doesn't realize she is idolized. A student with cerebral palsy is desperate to learn to tie Eagle Scout knots, despite a useless left hand. And then there is Bob Costa, who dreams of making his name and bringing glory to the school by convincing John Mayer, whose song "Young Body Is a Wonderland" is and anthem for the students, to perform at the prom. Critically acclaimed in hardcover. "Wonderlandis published in paperback with a new afterword by the author. It is "the rare high school story that refrains from sensationalizing its subject matter, and instead offers an image of optimism with the occasional dose of heartbreak" ("City Paper, Philadelphia).
  

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Review: Wonderland: A Year in the Life of an American High School

User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

Non-fiction. Author is a writer for Sports Illustrated. Wrote about Pennsbury HS for a year. In Penn. outside of Philly. They get ready for the Prom all year. Have it at their school. Town comes to see them arrive on their Prom Night. Okay. Read full review

Review: Wonderland: A Year in the Life of an American High School

User Review  - Leah - Goodreads

Amazing Read full review

Contents

The Day of the Prom
1
Taking Attendance September
5
II Lindsey Peanutface Milroy
10
III Bob Costa JuniorClass President
13
IV Alyssa Bergman Corvette Girl
15
V Rob Stephanie
18
VI Quarterback Bobby Speer
21
VII Harry Stymiest PHSTV Personality
23
Candlelight December
79
Florida January
95
Early Graduation February
107
Unplugged March
128
Showers April
141
Primping May
158
Reunion
193
Authors Note
208

Our Town
26
Homecoming October
39
Expecting November
59
The Wonderland Prom
209
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Michael Bamberger is a senior writer for "Sports Illustrated" and the author of "Wonderland,

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