The inequality in American education is increasing, but statistics cannot possibly tell the whole story. As a new teacher thrust into the classroom mid-year in the part of Oakland, California, that police call the "Killing Zone", Bronwyn Harris learned to make her own way as she helped parents advocate for their children with law enforcement and school officials, while enduring a revolving door of school administrators.
Harris' students were intelligent, hardworking, funny, loyal, and incredibly empathetic in the face of considerable trauma and instability. She quickly realized that her teacher preparation classes had not covered making child abuse reports, teaching traumatized children, helping students cope with difficult emotions, or keeping a class calm during a lockdown.
This audiobook chronicles the lives of Harris's students and shows the difference a caring teacher and support from the greater community can make.
"Literally Unbelievable is a wonderful, brilliant, moving, important, heartbreaking, inspiring, and sometimes funny book. I couldn't put it down." (Anne Lamott, best-selling author of Stitches, Grace (Eventually), Traveling Mercies, Bird by Bird and Operating Instructions)