Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story
Author: Jonathan LaPoma
Genre: Fiction - General
Date Published: September 14, 2015
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Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story by Jonathan LaPoma is the story of Luke Entelechy. Luke is 24 and basically floudering in life. His passion is writing and he is well on his way writing a book when he upends all and heads to Miami to interview for a teacher's position. At this point Developing Minds becomes not only Luke's story, but the story of the Miami public school system. Developing Minds is a very real account of the demise of America's public school systems.
Luke up until this point pretty much has just had to worry about himself and his life. That changes--the children of his school began to take on a real presence in his life. He sees everyday neglect, abuse and hardship. Teachers have a tremendous burden day in and day out to watch these children come from their homes and try to be productive academically.
LaPoma does an excellent job of giving the reader an insight to exactly what the plights of our public school systems are. He does not tell you what you want to hear, but what actually is taking place in these kids lives and the lives of their teachers. With that being said Developing Minds is by no means a downer - there is lots of humor throughout - and is truly an entertaining book.
LaPoma has taught, some events in Developing Minds come from real experiences.
Enjoyed the book immensely!!
To be published September 2015
Jonathan LaPoma is a novelist, screenwriter, songwriter, and poet from Buffalo, NY. In the past ten years, he?s worked in over fifteen American public schools as either a substitute or full-time teacher. In 2005, he received a BA in history and a secondary education credential from the State University of New York at Geneseo. A few months after graduating, he and a friend took a seven-week cross-country road trip from Buffalo to the Pacific. Within a year of his return, he bought a one-way ticket to Mexico, where he lived in a small Pacific coast town for five months and traveled throughout the country in an attempt to find answers to questions that haunt many young adults trying to find their place in the world. These experiences have become the inspiration for much of his writing, which often explores themes of alienation and misery as human constructions that can be overcome through self-understanding and the acceptance of suffering. Jonathan has written two novels, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of songs and poems. His screenplays have won over thirty awards/honors at various international screenwriting competitions, including first-place victories in the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest (Grand Jury Prize), the 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest (two wins: Grand Jury Prize and First in the Drama category), the 2014 London Film Awards (Grand Prize: Feature Screenplay category), the 2014 Awareness Film Festival, and the 2014 West Field Screenwriting Awards (The New York Award). He lives in San Diego, CA, and teaches at a public secondary school.