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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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The Class
A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America
9780399181849 Hardcover English General Trade EDUCATION / Teacher & Student Mentoring Sep 04, 2018
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.6 x 1.5 in 448 pages 8-PP COLOR PHOTO INSERT Ballantine Ballantine Books
An unforgettable year in the life of a visionary high school science teacher and his award-winning students, as they try to get into college, land a date for the prom, and possibly change the world.

Former corporate scientist Andy Bramante—who abandoned his successful business career because he was inspired to teach public high school—helms one of the most remarkable classrooms in America. Andy’s students have taken their work all over their home state of Connecticut and well beyond—D.C., Houston, Los Angeles—cleaning up at the nation’s most prestigious science competitions. They have won the Google Science Fair, invented and patented a fast and inexpensive test for Ebola, and been invited to the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm. These kids come from all kinds of backgrounds, united by a passion for knowledge. As extraordinary as they are, they’re also just teenagers navigating relationships, triumphs, and setbacks both academic and personal, and the stressful task of applying for college. To name just a few, there’s William, the multi-faceted prodigy who’s so driven he aces AP exams for classes he didn’t even take; Ethan, who essentially outgrows high school in his junior year and founds his own company to commercialize a discovery he made in the class; and Sophia, a Lyme disease patient whose ambitious work is dedicated to curing her own debilitating ailment.

In this intimate look at a year in the life of “Mr. B” and his students, journalist Heather Won Tesoriero embeds in their unconventional classroom as they brainstorm and bring to life their professional-level projects. Over the course of the 2016-17 school year—which turns out to be the most decorated year ever for Andy and his kids—we experience the thrill of discovery, the heartache of failed experiments, the ups and downs of the science-fair circuit, and perhaps the highest of all highs: a “yes” from Harvard. In the end, The Class is a heartfelt testament to the power of a great teacher to help kids realize their unlimited potential.

Story Locale: Greenwich, CT

INCREDIBLE ACCESS TO FASCINATING SUBJECTS: The author makes readers care about Andy Bramante and his students by bringing us into their pressure-packed yet surprisingly relatable lives.

HUMOROUS AND HEARTWARMING: Though Mr. Bramante’s students are serious about science, they’re also normal teenagers who can be very funny, and the author inserts her own knowing analysis with ease.

A CHARMING LEAD SUBJECT: Formerly a successful corporate scientist, Andy Bramante now spends his days helping students succeed—in both science fairs and life. He’s known for sending more students to the nation’s most elite science fairs than any teacher in Connecticut history—and also for being able to find anyone a date to prom. He’s often been covered by local media:

WILL IGNITE RELEVANT DISCUSSION ABOUT SCIENCE EDUCATION AND INNOVATION IN AMERICA, as well as the under-representation of girls and women in STEM coursework and careers.

BRAMANTE’S STUDENTS HAVE WON THE GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR, been invited to the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, and gone on to give TED Talks (

A DEVOTED AUTHOR: The author met Andy Bramante while doing a CBS story on one of his students and immediately felt a powerful impulse to leave broadcast journalism, spend a year embedded in Andy’s classroom, and write this book.

HEATHER WON TESORIERO is an Emmy-winning former producer for CBS News and has been a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, TIME, and Newsweek. A Korean adoptee who was discovered on a doorstep when was she just a few days old, she grew up on the eastern end of Long Island and now lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.

Author Residence: New York City

Author Hometown: Riverhead, New York

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“A complex portrait of the ups and downs of teaching in a culture that undervalues what teaching delivers.”The Wall Street Journal

“Captivating …Journalist Tesoriero left her job at CBS News to embed herself in Bramante’s classroom for the academic year, and she does this so successfully, a reader forgets she is even there. Her skill at drawing out not only Bramante but also the personal lives, hopes and concerns of these students is impressive. Clearly, she created a level of trust that enabled her to tell their stories so honestly and compellingly…. It is a fascinating glimpse of a teaching environment that most public school teachers will never know.”The Washington Post

“Schools matter. The teachers inside those schools matter. The Class shows us what amazing things can happen when those two things come together…. [The Class is] more than a story of Andy Bramante and his students. It’s also a roadmap to improving our educational systems and the unimaginable bounties waiting if we do.”Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Tesoriero’s account should serve as a reminder of what our schools can be, everywhere in America…. The [students’] stories are both heartbreaking and inspiring. In the end, one cannot help but root for all of these talented teenagers. ”Bookreporter

“[An] inspiring account of how a high school science teacher mentors and motivates his prize-winning pupils … The students’ kindnesses, worries, feuds, and projects are…sketched so lovingly that readers cannot help rooting for them. With its winning mix of human-interest and scientific innovation, this book will appeal to general readers and fans of pop science alike.”Publishers Weekly

“Tesoriero, a former TV news producer and newspaper reporter, captures with humor and empathy the lives and dreams of an extraordinary group of students…. Tesoriero makes a strong case for the importance of science and inspirational teachers…. Recommended for readers of Alexandra Robbins’s works, The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids and The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth.”Library Journal

“A riveting look at a year in the life of an inspiring teacher and how he is helping kids create amazing and award-winning science projects. With the turn of every page, we see the joys of discovery and the immense satisfaction this brings to Andy Bramante, who made a life choice that transforms his students’ lives every day.”—Walter Isaacson, author of the New York Times bestseller Steve Jobs

“In The Class, a devoted teacher and his driven students provide something like a perfect picture of what it means to be human: striving with a noble purpose, failing with resilience, and always finding humor and humanity even in the face of tremendous pressure. Both teacher and students will surely teach you many things, but perhaps more important than the lessons is the sheer wonder inhabiting these pages. In its light you will be transported to a place and time of life when the simple desire to reach for the undiscovered can lead to remarkable achievements. This book is a remarkable achievement.”—Jeff Hobbs, author of the New York Times bestseller The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

“Heather Won Tesoriero’s breezy, even whimsical voice coupled with her off-the-charts emotional intelligence and stunning powers of observation launches The Class into one of its own.”—Jonathan LaPook, M.D., chief medical correspondent, CBS News 

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