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Yo Miss #3 A Graphic Look at High School
by Lisa Wilde
Published by Microcosm Publishing
32p, b&w, 5.5"x8.5"
Wilde is an artist who has taught at Wildcat Academy, a second chance
high school in Brooklyn, for the past sixteen years and this
serialized graphic novel comes from her perspective as a teacher there.
We follow her ongoing adventures as she takes time to walk to school
along the Hudson River after open school night, trying to get some time
away from it all to think. A student at risk of aging out of the public
school system drops out unexpectently and Wilde tries to intervene. The
holiday talent show rolls around and many charming moments ensue. Danny
lies to Wilde, claiming his mom has been sick in the intensive care
unit and that's why he hasn't turned in his work. She falls for it,
only to learn the truth from his counselor. But our narrator is wise
enough to be able to step back and assess the systemic race and
class-based reasons that our characters are constantly at risk of
failing out of high school and dropping out of the system. There is no shortage of other narrative action. Television isn't scripted this well. The
graphic novel format perfectly creates emotional proximity between the
reader and the student. It's funny. It's hard to read at times. It's
sad. It's uplifting. It's hopeful. As her students say, "The only reason I'm taking this test is because I like you Ms Wilde." "