The Official Writing Challenge
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Really a heartwarming story. I am thankful so many of our teachers have a soft spot for 'their kids.' Wonderful story.
Oooh, as a public school teacher, I really loved this! I liked the references to Ruth, too, which I'd never thought to apply to this type of situation.

One minor POV switch, when we "see" the thoughts of the little boy...easily edited.

The "mosaic" image toward the end is wonderful.
Loved this! As a former schoolteacher, I know JUST what she's talking about. Loved the description - especially of Josh. I could probably draw a picture of him!
most of the submissions this week had weak titles (mine included) but yours certainly stood out – although I’m still not sure what is meant by a hubcap in a backpack.
The story of Josh drew me in like a fish on a line and set me up for the confrontation with Tanisha - excellent