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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (7 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552155284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552155281
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Heartbeat for teachers" (Fay Yeomans, BBC Radio)

"Howzat for a great Yorkshire novel" (Dickie Bird)

"A wonderful gallery of village characters" (Yorkshire Evening Press)

"Refreshing...hilarious detail" (Yorkshire Post)

"Wry and touching ... the warm and nostalgic story of Jack's efforts to run the school is told with understanding and colourful humour...Sheffield writes with understanding and colourful humour" (Good Book Guide)

Book Description

A funny, heart-warming and semi-autobiographical story in the tradition of James Herriot about a year in the life of a Yorkshire primary school in the late 1970s.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By F. Clancy on 30 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is not my usual type of book as i tend to go for the thriller, blood and gore kind. However, this was bought for me and i think it took me just over 2 days to read - would have taken less but work got in the way! I found it easy to read, enjoyable and quite poingnat at times. Loved every page. Would recommend it to anyone and cannot wait for Mr Sheffield's next book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2007
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I picked this book up, because of a recommendation through Amazon, after I had purchased Gervase Phinn's books! There was a sticker on the front of the book when it arrived, even saying if you like Gervase Phinn (GP) you will love this. Rightly I think this was a bit unfair, the book should be judged on it's own merits and I thoroughly enjoyed it though I did have my doubts to begin with. There was some great similarites to GP and even some identical stories - the lad with his trousers round his ankles wanting to know who wipes the bottoms(cleaned up for this review!) around here! This aside, the doubts faded and I found the book delightful and I have always had a bit of a thing for 'school' type stories. The characters were all individuals and not there merely to show the strengths of the author throughout his first year as a head teacher of Ragley School. Unlike GP you could date this book, the year is 1977/78 as dated at the beginning of every chapter and all the outside influences going on in the world are reflected through events and characters. I wonder if in 30 years time we will have similar books, describing what the education system is like currently. I look forward to the next book and just hope there is not too much similarity to GP.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Syndy Ortwein on 25 Nov. 2007
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On a recent trip to the UK, I found this book in a small shop near York. Once back home, I enjoyed it so much I read it all in two days (and that was after full days of teaching!)

The honesty and charm of each character was magical. I truly enjoyed the humor within the stories, and as a teacher myself, some of the situations had me putting the book down till I'd finished wiping the tears of laughter away.

I cannot reccomend this book highly enough, and look forward with anticipation to the next book in this series, Mister Teacher.

Sincerely,
Syndy Ortwein
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Mckeag on 21 Oct. 2007
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Teacher Teacher is a fantastic book it had me in hysterics at times much to confusion of the customers in my local coffee shop. At one point I laughed out loud so much that another customer asked me which book I was reading. The characters come out of the book and shake hands with you they are so realistic Jack Sheffield is a brilliant author and I can't wait until Mr teacher comes out in January 08 and I also look forward to Dear Teacher coming out later. Keep up the splendid writing Jack and give us lots more laughs.

Lynne mc Keag
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Whittaker on 9 Dec. 2007
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Not only did this book help me through a challenging Ofsted, it also reminded why I decided to be a teacher in the first place. A book that made me both laugh and cry - a fantastic read, much recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ve Sweetenham on 29 Jan. 2005
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I just couldn't put this book down - I wanted to know what happened to this new headteacher at the mercy of a rural primary school in North yorkshire in the sixties. I defy anyone to read the 'Dance with your Eyes' chapter without tears in their eyes. Magic! Go out and get it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamelia Bywater on 8 Nov. 2009
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Teacher, Teacher! by Jack Sheffield is an enormously entertaining read. The story is presented as the 'alternative school logbook' and tells the tale of what REALLY happened in a North Yorkshire primary school in the late seventies. Mr Sheffield shares some fascinating characters with his readers, and i found myself really caring about what happened to them. I defy anyone with a heart to read Chapter 12: Dance With Your Eyes, and not have a tear at the end of it. The book is simply magical, and as soon as I finished reading it, I went out and bought the rest of the series so far. I'm half way through the third one already.... Maybe like me, you will not want to put the book down once you start, but the chapters are self contained and you could treat yourself to one warm, uplifting story every night and spend each day looking forward to your next installment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Ward on 17 Sept. 2011
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'I'm part of the Transworld book group' and was sent this book to review by Transworld.

I really loved the idea of this book, and had high hopes for it before I began, but for some reason, it just didn't quite live up to expectations.

The book is semi-autobiographical, and chronicles the first year of Jack Sheffield's role as Head Teacher at Ragley-on-the Forest primary school in North Yorkshire. There's a whole slew of colourful, larger-than-life characters, and life in the tiny village of Ragley seems idyllic. The school children are, on the whole, quite adorable, and I enjoyed the gentle, anecdotal style the book adopts. However, despite all that, there were a few little niggles - nothing major, but enough to pull me out of my enjoyment of the book, nonetheless. The fact that the book is semi-autobiographical - based on real events - had me wondering on a few occasions how much had happened and how much was embellished; perhaps not a problem for some people (we all get the general idea of where the book's going!), but for me personally, I would have preferred a straight-up memoir, or a straight-up fictional story; something in between didn't quite cut it. The dialogue too, is a little contrived in places, and I found myself cringing on a few occasions.

On the whole, however, I did like this book; I perhaps wouldn't actively seek out the rest of the series, but this is an easy read and I'm glad I finished it.
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