Dangerous Minds

LouAnne Johnson

St. Martin's Griffin

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She bullied, bluffed, and bribed her students into caring about school.

And if that didn't work, the pretty, petite ex-marine told them she'd been trained to kill with her bare hands.

They were called the class from Hell-thirty-four inner city sophomores she inherited from a teacher who'd been "pushed over the edge." She was told "those kids have tasted blood. They're dangerous."

But LouAnne Johnson had a different idea. Where the school system saw thirty-four unreachable kids, she saw young men and women with intelligence and dreams. When others gave up on them, she broke the rules to give them the best things a teacher can give-hope and belief in themselves. When statistics showed the chances were they'd never graduate, she fought to beat the odds.

This is her remarkable story-and theirs.

If you loved Stand and Deliver, you'll stand up and cheer for LouAnne Johnson and Dangerous Minds.

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Dangerous Minds
ONEMy Dog Ate ItI couldn't concentrate. Raul Chacon was standing in the middle of the parking lot outside my classroom, shivering in the freezing rain. It was a bitterly cold, dreary day in mid-January, but Raul, clad in his Parkmont gym shorts and T-shirt, stood with his eyes closed, his face turned up into the downpour. Several students and one teacher had tried to reason with him, but Raul was determined, for some unknown reason, to stand outside. I tried to ignore him, hoping he would grow tired of his game and rejoin the class, but he looked so pathetic with his sopping

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"The poignancy of her stories sneaks up on you and grabs hold of your heart." --Booklist

"Compelling!" --San Jose Mercury News

"Remarkable...Johnson proves that unorthodox methods can turn a problem kid into an 'A' student." --Vogue

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LouAnne Johnson

LouAnne Johnson, a former Marine, teaches high school in California. Her first book, Making Waves, was about her experiences in the service.

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Dangerous Minds
LouAnne Johnson

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
September 1995
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250009517
ISBN10: 1250009510
278 pages
$18.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
September 1995
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466814455
ISBN10: 1466814454
278 pages
$7.99
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