Anne Goff

    This book should not only stay on the list, it should be required reading in every US high school, despite any language it might contain.  I can’t even remember any offensive language (other than the repeated use of the n word).  Probably because it was overshadowed by the amazingly horrific things happening to Melba and the other 8 students.  I had a vague sense of the initial difficulties, but no idea how the abuse continued unrelentingly day after day all year long.

    As a teacher, I am beyond appalled and horrified at the way most teachers either ignored the abuse or perpetrated it themselves.  I cannot begin to understand how anyone responsible for students could do that.

    As hard as it was to read, I am glad to have read this book.