The Water Is Wide by Pat Conroy

"The Water Is Wide" is a memoir that details the author's experiences as a young, idealistic teacher on Yamacraw Island, a predominantly Black community off the coast of South Carolina. He is shocked by the lack of resources and the poor educational standards of the school, and he embarks on a mission to provide the children with a proper education. However, his unconventional teaching methods and attempts to introduce the children to the wider world are met with resistance from the school's administration and the island's isolationist attitudes.

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Total Points: 63

Since this book was first published in 1972, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 63.0.

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