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Jack Sheffield
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19 Jan 2012

As the 1982 school year begins, Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his sixth year as headteacher. Nora Pratt celebrates twenty-five years in her coffee shop, Ronnie Smith finally tries to get a job, and little Krystal Entwhistle causes concern in the school Nativity play. It's the time of ET and Greenham Common, Prince William's birth, Fame leg warmers and the puzzling introduction of the new 20p piece.

Meanwhile, for Jack, the biggest surprise of his life is in store...


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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593065697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065693
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jack Sheffield was born in 1945 and grew up in the tough environment of Gipton Estate, in North East Leeds. After a job as a 'pitch boy', repairing roofs, he became a Corona Pop Man before going to St John's College, York, and training to be a teacher. In the late 70s and 80s, he was a headteacher of two schools in North Yorkshire before becoming Senior Lecturer in primary education at Bretton Hall near Wakefield. It was at this time he began to record his many amusing stories of village life. He lives in York and Hampshire.

Visit his website at www.jacksheffield.com.

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Another year of tears and laughter at Ragley-on-the-Forest Village School

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As the 1982 school year begins, Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his sixth year as headteacher. Nora Pratt celebrates twenty-five years in her coffee shop, Ronnie Smith finally tries to get a job, and little Krystal Entwhistle causes concern in the school Nativity play. It's the time of ET and Greenham Common, Prince William's birth, Fame leg warmers and the puzzling introduction of the new 20p piece.

Meanwhile, for Jack, the biggest surprise of his life is in store...


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educating jack 25 Jan 2012
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Absolutely fantastic book. yet again jack brings the Rageley village to life in such a way that you feel as though the characters are talking to you. Loved the 5 legged zebra and george and the dragon and had tears running down my face as i was reading the book in the middle of a coffee shop. I got some strange looks when i started to laugh out loud but just couldn't stop myself . have read all of jacks books but this was I first kindle one and I loved the fact that i didn't have to go searching shops for my fav author or have to wait until the postie dropped it through the door. I would recommend this book to everyone the music he talks about in the books bring back so many memories of my school years and I just love all the books

A must read

lynne mckeag
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars weaved his magic fingers 24 Jan 2012
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I loved reading this book, Jack Sheffield can make the story feel like it's real and not make believe, the children say funny things, but they don't realize it, I loved this book from beginning to end, but it was sad to get to the end, because I didn't want it to come to the end, very often while reading it, I'd laugh like crazy, it was so funny, and I'd get funny looks from my partner.

I highly recommend this book to others, you will love it, I can't wait until the next one,

Janet Davies
Falmouth
Cornwall
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another brilliant book from Jack Sheffield 24 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
I got this delivered on Tuesday 17th Jan and by Saturday 21st I had finished it- I couldn't put it down. I have read all of the books in the series so far and this book is just as magical and charming as the rest. I have been well and truly sucked into Jack and Beth's life and as a primary school teacher myself I can relate to all parts of Jack's school life. I can't wait for book 7. Well done Jack.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 27 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
Hugely disappointed. Waited a whole year to see how the dramatic cliffhanger of the accident would be resolved to find that it was done so in a matter of a few pages almost as an afterthought. The relationships between the characters is starting to irritate as they do not seem to progress from the previous books. The conversations between Jack and Laura were almost predictable and slightly ridiculous. The only saving grace was the wedding which was nicely done. Its a shame because I have loved this series of books and looked forward to each one coming out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Jack Sheffield 7 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
As with all the previous books by Jack Sheffield, this one covers a complete school year. Picking up in the September following the dramatic events at the end of the previous title, the cliffhanger is soon resolved and we're off into the next school year.

Covering the highs and lows of life at Radley School and the wider area as usual, this is of the same high standard. I always enjoy the popular culture references, as I was growing up in the early '80s and share many of Jack's memories of the period. I found the chapters covering the school-leavers particularly poignant this time, as they are characters in their own right with whom we have shared the entire series.

With no real cliffhanger ending and with the winds of change looming I wonder if this will be the last Jack Sheffield book, which would be a shame.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding gem 23 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
Having spent all year on the cliffhanger left from the last book, I couldn't read Educating Jack quick enough, and as ever it did not disappoint. Those happy days of education when teaching was what it should be. Thank you Jack so much - next instalment please.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More a comment on the series than the book 23 Jan 2012
By gg2011
Format:Paperback
My wife and I discovered Jack's books sometime in late September of last year. Since then these delightfully gentle, sensitive, and touching volumes of memoirs have been our favorite reading as I look for an academic appointment in a recession economy and my wife completes her student teaching at a local elementary school. We live in rural Vermont in the north-eastern United States, which is a continent and several decades away from north Yorkshire in the early eighties. Yet we both identify with and relate to the children, the pleasures, the travails, and the beauty Jack writes about. It's this that has made this series so dear to us. Thanks Jack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypical characterisations 14 Jan 2013
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I am a retired school nurse and worked during the period Jack Sheffield writes about and the books bring back very happy memories of my work in similar types of schools. They also epitomise the essence of the late seventies and early eighties so well, hinting at the changes and innovations that were on the horizon, not only for education but for society in general.
However I do have a bone to pick about how Mr Sheffield represents the stereotypical "salt of the earth" types who use an inordinate amount of malapropisms and who come across as eccentric, a little bit dim and not too well educated and I feel that a slight sense of benign condescension is being shown towards these particular Yorkshire folk! The professionals however appear to be more erudite and far more sensible, again stereotypical.
In general though I do think the books are well written, very readable and very enjoyable and although I know that I will be irritated at times I will still buy the latest one in the series!
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