Can one teacher truly make a difference in her students'
lives when everything is working against them? Can a love for literature and
learning save the most vulnerable of youth from a life of poverty? "The
Road Out" is a gripping account of one teacher's journey of hope and
discovery with her students--girls growing up poor in a neighborhood that was
once home to white Appalachian workers, and is now a ghetto. Deborah Hicks, set
out to give one group of girls something she never had: a first-rate education,
and a chance to live their dreams. A contemporary tragedy is brought to life as
she leads us deep into the worlds of Adriana, Blair, Mariah, Elizabeth,
Shannon, Jessica, and Alicia seven girls coming of age in poverty.
This is a moving story about girls who have lost their childhoods, but who face
the street's torments with courage and resiliency. "I want out," says
10-year-old Blair, a tiny but tough girl who is extremely poor and yet deeply
imaginative and precocious. Hicks tries to convey to her students a sense of
the power of fiction and of sisterhood to get them through the toughest years
of adolescence. But by the time they're sixteen, eight years after the start of
the class, the girls are experiencing the collision of their youthful dreams
with the pitfalls of growing up in chaotic single-parent families amid the
deteriorating cityscape. Yet even as they face disappointments and sometimes
despair, these girls cling to their desire for a better future. The author's
own life story--from a poorly educated girl in a small mountain town to a
Harvard-educated writer, teacher, and social advocate--infuses this chronicle
with a message of hope.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
55 Haywood St
28801 Asheville
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ISBN: 9780520266490
Availability: Out of Print
Published: University of California Press - February 12th, 2013