a graphic novel about life in the trenches of urban education, written and drawn by Lisa Wilde
Talk about education in America is everywhere these days, but the voices in the media are almost never the ones in the classroom—those of the students and teacher. Yo, Miss, written and drawn by Lisa Wilde, takes the reader inside John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy, a second chance high school in New York City where all the students are considered at-risk. Based on Wilde’s 15 years of teaching at the school, Yo, Miss challenges preconceptions about who these kids are, the issues they’re facing, and what may or may not be needed to get them to graduation. In strong and revealing black and white images, the book tells the story of eight fictionalized students who are trying to get that ticket to the middle class—a high school diploma. Whether they succeed or not has as much to do with what happens outside the classroom as inside, and the value of perseverance is matched by the power of a second chance.