On the Threshold of Adolescence

The Struggle for Independence in the Twelfth Year

Hermann Koepke



Hermann Koepke guides us to an understanding of the often tumultuous changes children undergo as they approach adolescence. He does so in a very creative way: through the eyes and experiences of a young teacher, Suzanne, as she endeavors to cope with the difficulties she and her students’ parents face: drug use, smoking, apathy, rebelliousness, moodiness, and more. As her class changes, she adapts her teaching. She learns a great deal about these children, and in the process, teaches us a great deal about our own preadolescents. The period surrounding age 12 can be challenging and stressful to parents and children alike – Hermann Koepke offers just the sort of living understanding that can lead us out of the seemingly endless wilderness.

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