Reviews

“At once an inspiring portrait of a Texas principal’s fight to reform her school and an indictment of the American education system.”

- O, The Oprah Magazine

“The book is a triumph, genuinely gripping and emotionally powerful.”

-The Boston Globe

“A compelling, enlightening account of a school community rising to save itself in the unforgiving, data-driven, often nonsensical world bequeathed to public education.”

-The Washington Post

“A brilliant and important book, as searing as battlefield journalism.”

- Paste magazine

“Michael Brick details the down-to-the-wire efforts to keep Austin’s once great Reagan High School afloat.”

—Parade Magazine, Parade Picks selection

“Inspired reading.”

-Library Journal

“Must-read.”

-The Christian Science Monitor

“What can a book about a year in the life of a single school—a timeworn genre—tell us about the pressures facing the uneven, chaotic, increasingly data-driven American public education system? If that book is Michael Brick’s Saving the School, the answer is, quite a lot.”

- Dana Goldstein, Newsweek/The Daily Beast

“A great story of grit, character and struggle”

-The Dallas Morning News

“As a writer, I want to know: how did you get this genius idea for a book that will probably sell a million copies and be turned into a movie?”

- Michael J. Mooney, D Magazine

“Even readers who know nothing about this particular high school are likely to relate to the heartfelt struggle to improve public education.”

- The Houston Chronicle

“The incredible story of the Reagan Raiders — who remain true to their motto, ‘Not Without Honor’ — shows us there’s hope yet.”

- Austin Woman Magazine

“A masterfully written, nail-biter of a book. “Saving the School” illuminates today’s high stakes education debates like no other work. A must-read for anyone who cares about the education of our nation’s kids.”

Dave Isay, Founder of StoryCorps

“Through the compelling tale of Reagan High’s spitfire principal, Anabel Garza, Michael Brick humanizes the policy debates over education and renders an empathetic and generous dry-point of teachers and students struggling to succeed against the odds. Saving the School is a poignant and moving read about the real toll of education reform on those charged with shaping our children’s futures.”

Warren St. John, author of Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference

Saving the School is an amazing piece of reporting. Michael Brick has burrowed deep inside a failing American high school to write a dramatic, first-hand account of what it took to rescue it. Where most writing about education rests on statistics and policy-speak, this one probes the lives of the school’s remarkable principal, a teacher on the front lines, coaches, and several students. It’s a fascinating, real-time look at American education.”

S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon

“Every day, in schools across America, a war’s being fought for the hearts and minds of children in at-risk communities. We can choose to retreat from the front lines, or turn around and discover what the battle for our future looks and tastes and feels like. Read the first few pages of Michael Brick’s book. You won’t have a choice anymore. You’re in the trenches.”

Gary Smith, author of Sports Illustrated: Going Deep

“Michael Brick’s work tells the story of one school, and through the vivid characters and muscular prose, tells the story of all schools. It’s a tapestry of modern America, of the things being lost and the things worth saving.”

Wright Thompson, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine

“Powerful and surprising.”

- Jenny Inglee, TakePart.com

“This is a first book by a great writer. It is stunning. I read it on Kindle over four days, unable to put it down, but needing to pause and absorb the power of its punches and the depth of its insight.”

- Chip Wood, courageinschools.org

“It’s a powerfully real story with a heart-in-your-throat lot to think about.”

- Seed and Salvage

“The lively journalistic account of a troubled Austin, Texas, school that endured a year of tough medicine while facing shutdown.”

- Kirkus Reviews