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

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Grove Press, 1978 - Education - 87 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 to be one of this country'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 classrooms, 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. 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 bringing glory to the school by convincing John Mayer, whose song "Your Body Is a Wonderland" is an anthem for the students, to perform at the prom. Critically acclaimed in hardcover, Wonderland is published in paperback with a new afterword by the author.
 

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A fun hometown read

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This book was a fun read since my oldest is at Pennsbury High School. Even though it is a regional book it people in other areas could enjoy it for comparison and the unusual fact of the Senior Prom held at the school. 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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