Primary Instinct

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Interactive Publications, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
Like every primary teacher, Cherry Kaufman had her ideals--once. You put in the hours, get the degree and hope your first job isn't a five hour drive west of Blackbutt. She knew it wouldn't all be long summer breaks and the adoration of grateful parents. But nothing prepared her for the "challenges" of teaching at Bayside State School, not to mention what her colleagues would get up to after school hours ...

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Primarily Needs a Red Pen
I loved BBC’s series Teachers more than most, and this book definitely isn’t doing this for the Australian system. It is set in Brisbane and the mythical Bayside School
, and amongst the local place names I found myself trying to figure out exactly which Redlands school it is. The moments of local recognition were fun, but fleeting. The book is driven more by rambling than by plot and the last chapters proved disappointing. Far too many two-dimensional characters are introduced in the first ten pages, and they keep on coming in a dialogue heavy read. I think this novel could have done with further editing before publication, and along with the usual typos and grammar mistakes, I found several instances where the wrong character name had been used (P223 and p265 if you want to crossmark.) There are a few funny moments, but if I had to read it again I’d do so with a red pen in hand. 


Pedagogy and Other Rules of Thumb
Lunchtime and Other Indigestions
A New Day a New Era
She Who Must Be Obeyed
Bully Boy Bully Girl
We Throttle Aristotle
Bob the Groundsman and His Shed
Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Praise the Lord
Music for the Soul
Dont Ask About the Bell
Is This a Dagger?
Retirement and Other Breaches of Security
Star Chambers Star Performances
Escapades and Escapees

Security and Other Preoccupations
Parents and Other Infatuations
The Plays the Thing
A Holidays as Good as a Change

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David Reiter is an award-winning poet and writer of fiction, His fourth book, Hemingway in Spain, was shortlisted for the 1998 Adelaide Festival Awards. His previous fiction includes Triangles, which was shortlisted for the 2000 Steele Rudd Award, Sharpened Knife, a multimedia murder mystery, and his café society satire Liars and Lovers. His chapter book series for kids eis ntitled Project Earthmend, with The Greenhouse Effect published by Lothian Books (Hachette-Livre) in 2004 and Global Cooling (IP Kidz, 2008). Real Guns, a children's picture book, was illustrated by Irish artist Patrick Murphy, and a multimedia CD anthology.

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