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Where the Steps Were Class with Miss D gives the students at Pleasant Hill Elementary the confidence they need to move on to their new school The third graders are sad that this will be their last year at Pleasant Hill Elementary before their school is torn down Poems narrated in the voices of five different students Dawn, Kayla, Jonathan, Anthony, and Carmen relate the events of their last year together with their teacher, Miss D The year is busy as the students, each facing a challenge at home, prepare to put on a play, take field trips to a local farm, and do experiments in the science lab They are studying the Civil War and key figures in the civil rights movement When the students go to a play in a real theatre, they are kicked out for no good reason Miss D helps the students write letters to the theater manager, demanding to know why they weren t allowed to see the play Is it because their skin is black

About the Author: Andrea Cheng

Andrea Cheng is a Hungarian American children s author and illustrator The child of Hungarian immigrants, she was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio in an extended family with three generations under one roof Her family spoke Hungarian and English at home After graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, she went to Switzerland, where she apprenticed to a bookbinder, attended a school of bookbinding called The Centro del Bel Libro, and learned French Upon her return, she returned to Cornell to study Chinese and earned an MS in linguistics Now she teaches English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Her children s books include Grandfather Counts, Marika, The Key Collection, Honeysuckle House, Where the Steps Were, The Bear Makers, and Brushing Mom s Hair With her husband, Jim Cheng, she has three children Nicholas, Jane, and Ann.

10 thoughts on “Where the Steps Were

  1. says:

    In this novel in verse by Andrea Cheng, third graders at an underperforming elementary school move through their final year in the school before the building is torn down The kids have a variety of family situations and personal problems, but they all love their teacher, who is a stable and loving presence in their lives Though the book

  2. says:

    Pleasant Hill Elementary School will be torn down after this year This novel in verse tells the story of that final year as experienced by the third graders in Miss D s class From learning about how to get along with one another to learning about great figures in history, we get to experience life in their world Some of the students are dealing

  3. says:

    I m really surprised and disappointed this one isn t gettingattention or at least better reviews on GoodReads.Based on the author s sister s third grade classroom and told in verse, the book concerns a group of children from a low income area who attend a school that is about to be demolished All the children have their own issues obesity, homelessness,

  4. says:

    I did not find this book emotionally engrossing It seems to me that those poems do not amount to poetry I had a hard time identifying different children by their voices , only by what s happening in their lives and also by the identifier of names attached to each entry.If this was supposed to be a verse novel, it did not quite contain much of an arc, except for t

  5. says:

    While the poems are beautiful, I have conflicting opinions about this book It is written for ages 4 8, according to thelisting The book is far too advanced for this age group, in my mind I am in my 20s, and I had a difficult time following the characters stories, as there were five main characters, and once I learned about a character, I had to read fourpoems and then rem

  6. says:

    Interesting format..a series of poems written from the POV of 3rd graders in a school that is about to be closed down The students come from difficult circumstances but they have an amazing teacher It is a fast read and enjoyable and sad and hopeful It left me with questionswhy is the school being torn downit sounds as if it may be because the building is old and needs to be repla

  7. says:

    Really good story about at third grade class written in free verse novel format Cheng also includes her own art what looks like woodcuts to illustrate the story At first I thought the format would be confusing for 3 5th grade but the individual poems are grounded in a child s life This would be a fantastic read aloud with a third fourth grade, where you could stop and create a character ma

  8. says:

    Story told through poems by five students from a third grade class at a school on its last year before closing The voices of the students could have been from students in our school they felt authentic and true to their age group Although I initially did not like the ending, as I write this and see the title again, I accept Andrea Cheng s rendering and will change my rating from 3 stars to 4 The st

  9. says:

    This was a pleasant story, told in verse, about a third grade class whose school is scheduled to be torn down at the end of the school year It was good as far as it went, but it didn t really have a climax or proper ending The children each had issues and family problems, but nothing was resolved by the end with any of them Even the teacher had a problem, which went unresolved This book needs to be reworked

  10. says:

    I loved it It s a whole year of third grade, full of friendships, hurts, prejudices, dreams, distilled in the children s poems I found myself in tears toward the end I know some other reviewers mention not liking that lack of any conclusions to the problems presented, but few of the problems can be solved in a year s time It slike real life Most things are out of the kids hands, they are just coping with them the be

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