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Teaser Tuesday ~ Mar. 13, 2018 ~ Reading Blue Devils by Jon Bennett @jbennett830

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, a Meme, created by The Purple Booker, that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

Here’s my current read:

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Here are my teasers (no spoilers):

“In truth, he was not cut out for teaching at-risk minority youth. They needed warmth, strength and innovation from their teachers; all they got from Dieter was a smug-wet blanket.”

“Would the Devil notice if he slowly inched his hand forward to pick up the finger cake and take just one little…”


Amazon Blurb:

To Hell with high school! The American education system is turned inside out when a frustrated teacher incites his students to stage an uprising. In a poor suburban community in southern Ohio, Dieter Vogel is a failing English teacher at a high school populated predominately by minority students. He is bullied by the basketball coach, neglected by the principal, ignored by his crush, Esther, and pressured to workout with Jose, the art teacher. At the end of the first day back after summer break, Dieter is visited by Satan, who takes the initial form of a Twinkie. Satan convinces Dieter to overthrow the school mascot, Gretel the Pretzel, so that the Devil can take its place. Dieter is promised Esther’s love and the position of principal in return. All Dieter has to do is follow the Devil’s advice and use classic literature to manipulate the students into a racially charged frenzy against the mostly white staff.


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A born and bred Midwesterner, Jon Bennett graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and went on to Miami University. He spent a year pretending to be a business major until his love of English kicked down his door and demanded attention.

After receiving his Masters Degree in Teaching Language Arts, he student-taught at a secondary school in Belmopan, Belize. From there, he spent 6 years teaching in Chicago’s public schools, where he met some of the most inspiring, frustrating, wonderful students and faculty in the world. It was in Chicago, in lane #2 of the local Bally’s Fitness swimming pool, that he met his brilliant, talented and much-hotter-than-him, future-wife Nicole. During the final summer of their stay in Chicago, Nicole gave birth to their daughter Charlotte, who is already cooler and more adventurous than her father.

He currently lives and works in Southern California.

Author Links:

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6 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday ~ Mar. 13, 2018 ~ Reading Blue Devils by Jon Bennett @jbennett830

  1. sjhigbee says:

    Oh my goodness! This sounds thoroughly anarchic! Are you enjoying this one?

    1. odbookreviews says:

      So far so good! A setting of poverty, classrooms full of indifferent (at best) teenagers but plenty of dry humor to lighten it up.
      Thanks as always for stopping by!

  2. Rae Longest says:

    Oh, bless his heart! Listen, Sjhigbee, a little rebellion by its teachers may be just what public schools in the US need! LOL This is my fiftieth year to teach, the first twelve in public schools and the system has become worse rather than better. Maybe a little shake-up is what’s needed.

    1. odbookreviews says:

      LOL! I am really interested in seeing where this one goes.
      It’s also nice getting the perspective of teachers like you and the author. 🙂
      Thank you for commenting!