As a prospective teacher, I personally found this book to be enlightening. When I began reading the poignant accounts of the social issues adolescents are dealing with today I felt so ignorant. I even questioned my ability to be an effective teacher. However, by the end of the book I felt motivated and inspired by the metamorphosis of a first-year teacher, and her labled and stereotyped students. As a result of reading this book I feel I am more aware of the importance of recognizing the assets each and every student brings to the classroom, and how important it is to encourage students to strengthen these assets through meaningful interactions. This book is a perfect example of what happens when teachers see nothing less than the potential for their students to accomplish great things. I recommend this book to prospective teachers, current teachers and students.