the book that inspired the NBC primetime series RISE, starring Josh Radnor, Auli’i Cravalho, and Rosie Perez.


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“Poignant…Captivating…[Sokolove] shines a heartening light on how one of those passionate heroes devoted himself to educating, rather than training, young people.”


“Sokolove’s reporting tells an incredible tale about a brilliant, demanding and subversive teacher who practices the best kind of magic–the kind that’s real and that changes lives."

-USA Today