|Plot Summary of Head Over Heels in the Dales|
|"Gervase Phinn is a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales, England. He recounts his experiences with tremendous humour and dry delivery. The pupils are laconic, loquacious, brassy, tough, sensitive, bored, enthusiastic, and lovable in equal proportions. The teachers are much the same, with added eccentricity and sense of responsibility. One of the teachers tells stories with a cardboard box on his head - after all, he has to compete with the TV these days. The Religous Education teacher who makes the bible come alive as he tells the stories has a mug for his tea with the slogan 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me', on it. One six year old has a persistent and burning desire to know how to spell 'sex'...as in 'in-sects'. One lad hates everyone, adults always let him down, but eventually turns the corner and wins the poetry reading competition with the Yorkshire poem of true grit: 'Play Cricket'. This book will appeal to parents and teachers everywhere."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Head Over Heels in the Dales|
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Kids growing up/acting up?
- trouble in high school
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more dialog than descript
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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