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The 13th Boy: A Memoir of Education and Abuse

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When parents send their children to school, they are trusting teachers and administrators with their most precious treasure. Sad to say, that trust is betrayed all too often. What can we say when a well-known, elite and very expensive private schools promise an education that sharpens the mind, strengthens the body, and uplifts the soul--only to afflict some students with When parents send their children to school, they are trusting teachers and administrators with their most precious treasure. Sad to say, that trust is betrayed all too often. What can we say when a well-known, elite and very expensive private schools promise an education that sharpens the mind, strengthens the body, and uplifts the soul--only to afflict some students with regret, pain, and shame that can last a lifetime or even drive a student to suicide? Stephen Fife has written a compelling, soul-baring narrative of his experience of education and abuse at the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York City. He also provides practical advice to parents who wish to protect their children and to recognize the signs of disturbance when abuse may be taking place.


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When parents send their children to school, they are trusting teachers and administrators with their most precious treasure. Sad to say, that trust is betrayed all too often. What can we say when a well-known, elite and very expensive private schools promise an education that sharpens the mind, strengthens the body, and uplifts the soul--only to afflict some students with When parents send their children to school, they are trusting teachers and administrators with their most precious treasure. Sad to say, that trust is betrayed all too often. What can we say when a well-known, elite and very expensive private schools promise an education that sharpens the mind, strengthens the body, and uplifts the soul--only to afflict some students with regret, pain, and shame that can last a lifetime or even drive a student to suicide? Stephen Fife has written a compelling, soul-baring narrative of his experience of education and abuse at the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York City. He also provides practical advice to parents who wish to protect their children and to recognize the signs of disturbance when abuse may be taking place.

52 review for The 13th Boy: A Memoir of Education and Abuse

  1. 5 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Powerful, Inspiring & Heartbreaking!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deb Thomas

    Ho hum at best. This has little to do with Fife's sexual abuse at HM; it was more a rundown of his adolescent years and some poor choices on his part at that time. While I sympathize with victims of abuse, sexual and otherwise, there are so many other books that handle the topic so much better. This was a poor read; I had to force myself to finish it. Ho hum at best. This has little to do with Fife's sexual abuse at HM; it was more a rundown of his adolescent years and some poor choices on his part at that time. While I sympathize with victims of abuse, sexual and otherwise, there are so many other books that handle the topic so much better. This was a poor read; I had to force myself to finish it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Didn't finish. Couldn't get into it Didn't finish. Couldn't get into it

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The systematic abuse at Horace Mann and the lack of consequences for anyone except the victims is horrifying. So sad to find out the meaning of the title! I like the subject matter and will do more research. However, Mr Fife's writing style is difficult to follow and or to get completely engaged with. His brutal honesty about himself while refreshing is sad. He is someone that I wouldn't want to be friends with and I am not sure he is in a space that he wants to be friends with himself either. P The systematic abuse at Horace Mann and the lack of consequences for anyone except the victims is horrifying. So sad to find out the meaning of the title! I like the subject matter and will do more research. However, Mr Fife's writing style is difficult to follow and or to get completely engaged with. His brutal honesty about himself while refreshing is sad. He is someone that I wouldn't want to be friends with and I am not sure he is in a space that he wants to be friends with himself either. Pretty sad-the whole thing!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sabra Rangel

    If I could give less than 1 star, I would. This book gave me the impression that the author used his few, albeit terrible, instances of sexual abuse as a platform to sell a book of his adolescent poetry and essays. Very disappointed in what I deem as exploitation of a very serious crime.

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