Heres what some of the teachers who used
Fires Edge in the classroom are saying:
Ive never taught a book that has
engaged so many students so deeply. They came to know not only the
characters but also themselves in a new way.
Amy Sampson, English teacher,
North Eugene High School, Eugene, Oregon.
The number of non-readers who
enthusiastically finished reading Fires Edge delights me.
Quite a few students told me its the fist complete novel they
ever read. Fires Edge appeals to reluctant readers and advanced
readers alike. They found the characters true to life, the language
realistic, and the suspense compelling. Discussion of the novel
gave my classes a forum for addressing the issue of racism in our
community. Fires Edge contributed to an increasing tolerance
for cultural diversity in our school.
Kathy Harrington, Language
Arts teacher, Springfield High, Springfield, Oregon.
My English teacher heart did cartwheels of joy over Fires
Edge. After listening to my students share their dismay that skinheads
and hate crimes exist, I recognize how important this novel is in
offering a forum to initiate discussion of hate crimes and intolerance
Vange Bigham, English department
chair, Springfield High, Springfield, Oregon.
Alan Siporin is inspirational. He has a marvelous presence
and gives the students a vivid picture that helps them see things
they normally would find hard to see. My students were spellbound.
Douglas Card, Adjunct Sociology
Professor at the University of Oregon.
Consider inviting Alan to your classroom:
In addition to readings and signings, Alan offers
a unique and effective way of reaching people, and young people
in particular, concerning hate, racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia.
As a journalist, novelist and facilitator of public forums, he employs
fiction and journalism together in an interactive format.
Alan reported on hate crimes, including interviewing
(in prison) a neo-Nazi skinhead who beat a black man to death with
a baseball bat. He knows the horrible face of these crimes. He can
engage students with readings, and follow the readings with questions,
answers and discussion based on first hand experience. Alan has
facilitated public forums and panels for the community, and with
students at the University of Oregon, Portland State, Oregon State,
Lane Community College, and numerous high school classes. He moderated
the Oregon Gubernatorial debate in 1994
If you are interested in having Alan visit your school,
please contact us at the
email link below. If you have taught
Fire's Edge in your classroom or
have been a student who read it as part of your class and
would like to give us your feedback or share an anecdote, send it
to the email address below. Be sure to include school and grade level