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Book Review: Jack Sheffield's 'Teacher Teacher'


I was first introduced to Jack Sheffield’s “Teacher Teacher” range in 2007, when I was given the first book as a birthday present. When I looked at the book and discovered it was about a headmaster’s story set in North Yorkshire in 1977, I must admit I didn’t feel in a rush to read it. This was mainly due to me thinking it would be boring and unlike any book I have previously read. I did however decide to give it a go; it was after all a gift.

When I sat down and started to read the first chapter, I was surprised to find I actually enjoyed it. The style in which “TT” was written made it enjoyable to read. There was humour in the way Jack relayed his story. It was also really quant with the descriptions and language used

One of the main draws of “TT” was it made you think, “Oh I remember those…” when items of the past were used which have long been forgotten in the modern day. It was enjoyable to go back in time with “TT” to before all of the modern day technology was available.

The range of characters makes “TT” an enjoyable read, allowing them to be introduced at a steady pace. There are funny incidents which occur in each chapter, which allow you to sympathise with the character by the way their story is told.

I like reading books which have humour in them and “TT” definitely has plenty of funny incidents which made me laugh. “TT” is a very enjoyable read, cleverly using a mixture of the encounters Jack has at the school whilst incorporating comical storylines of the other characters.

When I got towards the end of “TT”, I was hooked and couldn’t wait for the next one to come out and find out what happened next. I have since read all of the books in the series and am a massive fan. The end of the book always leaves a cliff hanger which leaves you waiting in anticipation for the next book to come out.
I strongly recommend you read the Jack Sheffield book; I have listed below the ones which have been released so far. So head off to the bookshop or go online and give Jack Sheffield books a go.

Teacher Teacher – 2007
Mister Teacher - 2009
Dear Teacher - 2009
Village Teacher - 2010
Please Sir – 2011
Educating Jack – 2012
Schools Out – 2013
Silent Night - 2014

Article written by Sue Cawte

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