A Gritty, Graphic Memoir About The Hardships Of High School

March 23, 2015 12:33 PM

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A Gritty, Graphic Memoir About The Hardships Of High School

Lisa Wilde didn't begin her career as a graphic novelist. Though she's always loved hobbies that make use of her dexterity -- baking and drawing sketches -- she's been a teacher at a second-chance high school in Manhattan for the past 14 years. Wildcat Academy is a place for students whose attendance records prohibited them from graduating; students who've become teenage parents; students who have, for whatever reason, been suspended from their previous schools.

Wilde began creating portraits of these students during her lunch break, in between teaching lessons about "Othello" and The Jungle. These classics double as chapter titles in Wilde's graphic novel, Yo Miss, which was inspired by her portraits, displayed in a number of exhibits alongside the poetry ...

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