The P.S. Wars

The P.S. Wars

by Geoffrey Carter


Publisher Three Towers Press (Henschel HAUS Publishing, Inc.)

Published in Literature & Fiction/Political, Mystery & Thrillers/Thrillers & Suspense, Mystery & Thrillers/Mystery, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

Veteran teacher Dave Bell and his students at Custer High are in the fight of their lives, battling an attempt to privatize their school that is threatening their school, community, and their futures.

In a story that could be featured in today’s headlines, The P.S.Wars reflects the challenges public schools are facing against private interests trying to devour our public school system. This is happening today—now—in every street in every city in America.

Sample Chapter

The bell to end second hour rang. The thirty-four students in the classroom seemed to exhale simultaneously, a sound between relief and exasperation. Almost no one finished early, except Eloise, who always finished early, but that fact didn’t surprise Dave. This was one of his tougher tests.

“Time’s up,” he said, “please put your unit test in the basket up front on your way out.”

Dave’s AP U.S. History class stood up and filed out slowly, putting their tests in the basket as they made their way out. None of them looked too happy. Antoine was grumbling under his breath as he put his test on the pile.

“Problems, Antoine?”

“Mr. Bell, I need to you to tell me something. When did we talk about this Saratoga thing?” he demanded, standing akimbo with one foot forward, reminding Dave of his Aunt Gloria. “I did not remember that at all, and I remember everything you teach. Everything. You know I do, Mr. Bell.”

If you remembered everything, thought Dave, youwouldn’t be cutting a C average.

“We covered Saratoga last week, Antoine. You should remember it was one of the last decisive battles of the Revolutionary War.”

“I was sick last week.”

“You know the rules, Antoine. If you can’t make it—”

“You got to make it up,” said another student behind Antoine.

“Who asked you, Shaquanta?” said Antoine, turning to face her. “This ain’t none of your damned business, now is it?”

“Shut up,” she retorted.

“Enough,” said Dave, in the voice that showed hemeant it. This was an AP course, Advanced Placement, supposedly the cream of the academic crop at Custer, and he still had to put up with this middle-school crap.

“Get to your next class, Shaquanta,” he said. She left, smirking at Antoine.

“You swore again, Antoine,” said Dave. “I thought you were going to work on that. You know that’s anotherphone call home.”

“Mr. Bell, I don’t care if you call my house—” began Antoine.

“Watch your tone, young man,” said Dave. He knew he couldn’t afford to let Antoine get started. There had been at least one Antoine every year of his career: part lawyer, part preacher, part bullshitter; if you let them drag you into negotiating, you were sunk. You had to nip it in the bud with them. Antoine looked at Dave, decided he meant it,took a breath, and clamped his mouth shut.

“If you’d rather not get the phone call, Antoine, we’ll go right ahead and refer this matter to Mr. Ricks.”

Antoine squared his shoulders, turned and left, maintaining as much dignity as he could.

Dave sat down, made a note to call Antoine’s house that night, and then leaned on the desk, rubbing the bridge of his nose. It was only third hour coming up, his junior World History class, and it already felt like it should be the end of the day. Dave closed his eyes. He never used to feel this way in the middle of the day. He must be getting old. Burnt-out.


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Author Profile

Geoffrey Carter

Geoffrey Carter

Geoff Carter grew up attending public schools in the Milwaukee area, eventually graduating from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in Communication Arts. He has been teaching English in Milwaukee Public Schools for twenty-eight years in both traditional and non-traditional settings, working almost exclusively with at-risk students. Mr. Carter is a proud and active member of the MTEA, the local teachers’ union. He holds a PhD in English and has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mr. Carter lives in Milwaukee. He is married and is the proud father of a remarkable daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys fine wine, sailing, fly-fishing, organic gardening, and reading.

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