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Ms. Hempel Chronicles

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Ms. Hempel Chronicles

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
publisher:
Harcourt
genre:
Fiction, Romance

We gave it an A-

The heroine of Sarah Shun-lien Bynum’s smart, fizzy novel, Ms. Hempel Chronicles is Ms. Beatrice Hempel, a middle school teacher who chaperones field trips, endures dull assemblies, and reads endless topic sentences. Tedious? Not at all. Though she has a sexually adventurous fiancĂ© and a drunken flirtation with a fellow teacher, Ms. Hempel’s most fascinating relationships are with her students, at that age ”when they were most purely themselves.” And while the book skates on the charming surface of life, Bynum also manages to suggest the sobering depths below. A-

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