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2014 London Book Festival
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"The author shares generously from his experience as a teacher in the high stakes world of high school. He tackles the broad issues of the profession and the system by focusing on one school year. The personal narrative keeps a view of not only the events of that particular scene, but also the broader societal issues behind the events. The book is interspersed with sidebars giving data and research about the school system. The tone of the book is a mix of exposition and narration. The author’s voice is pragmatic but warm. Public school teachers will relate well to this book, as will other professionals who work with teens in challenging situations. This book is perhaps a strongest fit with college students who are interested in the teaching profession; it gives a sense of the challenges ahead and how to face them—the resources at the end of the book are also ideal for this audience. The pace of the book modulates from quick recounting of detail to fully crafted scenes.". - Judge, 2nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.
"As awriter myself, I was totally impressed that Lloyd Lofthouse could have kept such a complete and detailed journal as to be able to recreate this fabulous memoir of such length and complexity many years after the fact. His portrayal of life in the class room is stunning, realistic, and even a little scary. You really get the feeling you are that little "fly on the wall" - but sitting on his shoulder witnessing exactly what he experienced, day by day, in that classroom. But, if you really want to get into the situation and understand his experience in depth, you will be enthralled by his pace and descriptions of students, administrators, and the school environment." - Dr. William L. Smith, who retired in June 2009 after 15 years as a Management Professor at Emporia State University, now holds Professor Emeritus status. Ph.D. from University of Arizona.
"In his book Crazy is Normal, Lloyd Lofthouse gives the reader a nitty-gritty, down-and-dirty, not-so-pretty glimpse into the daily life of a high school English teacher. …
"Crazy Is Normal is one of the best non-fiction memoirs that I have read this year. It made me take a step back and think about my own students and my approach to teaching. This book is appealing to a wide range of readers; whether you are a teacher, an aspiring teacher, a parent, an administrator or someone who is just curious about the American education system, I highly and whole-heartedly recommend reading Crazy Is Normal."- Melissa Beck teaches Latin, Ancient Greek and History to high school students in Connecticut.
"Readers who envision eager students lapping up learning led by a Tiger Teacher will be disappointed. Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult. Throughout this memoir, though, Lofthouse seems able to keep the hope alive that there’s a future for each student that doesn’t include jail—thanks in large part to his sixth period journalism class and its incredible editor, Amanda." - BuceReeves taught speech, drama, and various versions of English to ninth - twelfth graders from 1958 to 1984 in the Pittsburg [California] and Acalanes School Districts; from 1984 until he actually quit teaching in 2012, he taught full-time in the English Division at Diablo Valley College, including his specialty, the Bible as Literature