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Where the Steps Were Class with Miss D gives the students at Pleasant Hill Elementary the confidence they need to move on to their new school The third graders are sad that this will be their last year at Pleasant Hill Elementary before their school is torn down Poems narrated in the voices of five different students—Dawn Kayla Jonathan Anthony and Carmen—relate the events of their last year together with their teacher Miss D The year is busy as the students each facing a challenge at home prepare to put on a play take field trips to a local farm and do experiments in the science lab They are studying the Civil War and key figures in the civil rights movement When the students go to a play in a real theatre they are kicked out for no good reason Miss D helps the students write letters to the theater manager demanding to know why they weren't allowed to see the play Is it because their skin is black



10 thoughts on “Where the Steps Were

  1. says:

    In this novel in verse by Andrea Cheng third graders at an underperforming elementary school move through their final year in the school before the building is torn down The kids have a variety of family situations and personal problems but they all love their teacher who is a stable and loving presence in their lives Th


  2. says:

    Pleasant Hill Elementary School will be torn down after this year This novel in verse tells the story of that final year as experienced by the third graders in Miss D's class From learning about how to get along with one another to learning about great figures in history we get to experience life in their world Some of the st


  3. says:

    I did not find this book emotionally engrossing It seems to me that those poems do not amount to poetry I had a hard time identifying different children by their voices only by what's happening in their lives and also by the identifier of names attached to each entryIf this was supposed to be a verse novel it did not uite contain


  4. says:

    I'm really surprised and disappointed this one isn't getting attention or at least better reviews on GoodReadsBased on the author's sister's third grade classroom and told in verse the book concerns a group of children from a low income area who attend a school that is about to be demolished All the children have their own issues obes


  5. says:

    While the poems are beautiful I have conflicting opinions about this book It is written for ages 4 8 according to the listing The book is far too advanced for this age group in my mind I am in my 20s and I had a difficult time following the characters' stories as there were five main characters and once I learned about a character I had to


  6. says:

    Really good story about at third grade class written in free verse novel format Cheng also includes her own art what looks like woodcuts to illustrate the story At first I thought the format would be confusing for 3 5th grade but the individual poems are grounded in a child's life This would be a fantastic read aloud with a thirdfourth grade whe


  7. says:

    Interesting formata series of poems written from the POV of 3rd graders in a school that is about to be closed down The students come from difficult circumstances but they have an amazing teacher It is a fast read and enjoyable and sad and hopeful It left me with uestionswhy is the school being torn downit sounds as if it may be because the building


  8. says:

    Story told through poems by five students from a third grade class at a school on its last year before closing The voices of the students could have been from students in our school they felt authentic and true to their age group Although I initially did not like the ending as I write this and see the title again I accept Andrea Cheng's rendering and will


  9. says:

    This was a pleasant story told in verse about a third grade class whose school is scheduled to be torn down at the end of the school year It was good as far as it went but it didn't really have a climax or proper ending The children each had issues and family problems but nothing was resolved by the end with any of them Even the teacher had a problem which wen


  10. says:

    I loved it It's a whole year of third grade full of friendships hurts prejudices dreams distilled in the children's poems I found myself in tears toward the end I know some other reviewers mention not liking that lack of any conclusions to the problems presented but few of the problems can be solved in a year's time It's like real life Most things are out of the k


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