Caged School

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AuthorHouse, Oct 5, 2005 - Fiction - 64 pages
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Arthur was 14 and in the fifth grade. He has a very dark complexion that reminded me of smooth chocolate pudding. Even mild-white teeth lit up his snarling smile, an empty smile that didn’t quite match his eyes, which betrayed him. He spent much of the day using inappropriate language loud enough for me to hear him.

“Mrs. Forrester,” he would yell out. “Where is the AC?” I tried to ignore him, but he would not let me.

“It’s hot up in this b---h!” The other children thought he was hysterical and responded in kind.

Yoddie walked into the room, late again. She walked to her seat with a swagger that make a grown-person blush. She was quite tall and slender. Beautiful black, wavy hair cascaded onto her shoulders. I thought what power she has for being only 11 year-old.


You will not soon forget the boys and girls you encounter in this book.

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About the author (2005)

Bessie J. Forrester has been teaching in the public school system for 34 years. She first began teaching at the age of 28 after marriage and four children. She graduated from high school in 1961 and from college in 1971.

She was hired as a teacher at Parole E.S. in Annapolis, Maryland. There she began teaching first grade. Since then, she has taught fifth and sixth grade. After 30 years of teaching in Maryland schools, she retired. In 2001 she returned to teaching in the Washington D.C. public school system. After 34 years of teaching she still feels just as excited about teachings as when she first started. Over the years she has shared many stories about her encounters and her friends, family and peer group always want to hear more.

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