Casey's Unit is, as ever, full of troubled, disaffected pupils, and new arrival Leo is something of a conundrum.
Thirteen-year-old Leo isn't a bad lad - in fact he's generally polite and helpful, but he's in danger of permanent exclusion for repeatedly absconding and unauthorised absences. Despite letters being sent home regularly, his mother never turns up for any appointments, and when the school calls home she always seems to have an excuse.
Though Casey has her hands full, she offers to intervene for a while, to try to get Leo engaged in learning again and to remain in school. The head's skeptical, though, and warns her that this is Leo's very last chance. But Casey's determined, because there's something about Leo that makes her want to fight in his corner and get to the bottom of whatever it is that compels this enigmatic boy to keep running away.
With Leo so resolutely tight-lipped and secretive, Casey knows that if she's going to keep this child in education, she's going to have to get to the bottom of it herself....
©2016 Casey Watson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Would have like to have heard the whole story"
The story honestly made me feel a bit sorry for the kids in her class that Casey didn't choose.
Obviously, Leo was the pet project for the year. But what about the other kids in her class. Maybe if Carl had gotten more individual attention his 1st placement wouldn't have been so bumpy and he and his brother wouldn't have been so angry.
And poor Ria, sure it might have helped her learn to be more nurturing, but what about her testing and potential. For all accounts, prior to her struggles with sexuality, she was a bright kid with a lot of potential. I felt like her needs got shoved to the back burner.
Finally there was Daryl, who, obviously, could have benefited from more individualized care, but it seems as if the aide, Kelly, spent a good deal of time handling the class, while Casey was out sleuthing.
"Great book but not great reader"
This is another great story of how a classroom teacher can make a difference getting at the bottom of things with the student. Helping the student move forward, and etc. However, I can hardly stand the reader heard voice inflection goes up-and-down up-and-down and she emphasizes odd parts of sentences it was very difficult to get through because of that.
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