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by Bronwen Hruska

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ISBN:
1605983799
ISBN13:
978-1605983790
Author:
Bronwen Hruska
Publisher:
Pegasus Books (October 2, 2012)
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Pages:
288 pages
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1876 kb
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1717 kb
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Genre Fiction
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Rating:
4.4

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A single dad and his son discover what lies beneath the gilded façade of a tony Upper East Side private school.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Everything at Bradley is accelerated―third graders read at the sixth grade levels.

Bronwen Hruska spins a great tale here that - especially if you are a parent, and even more so if you are a parent of a boy - will get you thinking long and hard about how hard to push your kids and what to expect from them.

Bronwen Hruska's novel explores the dangers behind our generation's high pressure environments of work and school, as told through the lens.

In a striking debut novel, a single father and his son discover what lies beneath the gilded façade of a tony Upper East Side private school: an epidemic of over-medicated children. Every afternoon Sean Benning picks up his son, Toby, on the marble steps that lead into the prestigious Bradley School. Everything at Bradley is accelerated-3rd graders read at the 6th grade level, they have labs and facilities to rival most universities, and the chess champions are the bullies. Bronwen Hruska, the publisher of Soho Press, has worked as a journalist and screenwriter for twenty years.

Accelerated: A Novel Paperback – 15 September 2013. by Bronwen Hruska (Author). Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, More Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, the Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has sold an original screenplay to Columbia Pictures and an original television pilots to NBC, CBS, Lifetime, and Sony television.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Accelerated: A Novel. A witty, piercingly relevant novel of a father and son that perfectly captures the prep school milieu of NYC and over-medicated children (Publishers Weekly).

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In a striking debut novel, a single father and his son discover what lies beneath the gilded façade ofa tony Upper East Side private school: an epidemic of over-medicated children.

Every afternoon Sean Benning picks up his son, Toby, on the marble steps that lead into the prestigiousBradley School. Everything at Bradley is accelerated—3rdgraders read at the 6thgrade level, they havelabs and facilities to rival most universities, and the chess champions are the bullies. A single dad andstruggling artist, Sean sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the power-soccer-mom cliques and ladies-who-lunch that congregate on the steps every afternoon. But at least Toby is thriving and getting the besteducation money can buy. Or is he?

When Sea starts getting pressure from the school to put Toby on medication for ADD, somethingsmells fishy, and it isn't the caviar that was served at last week's PTA meeting. Toby's "issues" in schoolseem, to Sean, to be nothing more than normal behavior for an eight-year-old boy. But maybe Sean justisn't seeing things clearly, which has been harder and harder to do since Toby's new teacher, Jess, startedat Bradley. And the school has Toby's best interests at heart, right? But what happens when the pressureto not just keep up, but to exceed, takes hold? When things take a tragic turn, Sean realizes that the priceof this accelerated life is higher than he could have ever imagined.

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Reviews:
  • Lbe
Bronwen Hruska is a great storyteller. The book is simple but sucks you in because the characters are so real and accessible. It is really easy to imagine this book becoming a very successful Hollywood movie.
  • Shaktizragore
I was the smart kid in the top class each year, in the local public schools in the City. No meds. 3 college degrees, 2 careers, now retired.
I never knew how the 'rich' kids lived. This book was an eye-opening experience; well written and easy to read.

Having been a school teacher and an RN, I find this book, if truly based on reality in even ONE school,to be extremely disturbing, to say the least. Always be your child's advocate and stand up for what your gut tells you is right. I doubt that you'll go wrong!
  • Dainris
I am a teacher so the subject matter caught my attention. I hoped for a well written juicy story, and I wasn't disappointed. A fictional story, yes, but as you read it becomes apparent that this could really happen. Or worse yet, has already happened at countless schools across America.
  • Lanin
Interesting story with some information on social situations that are heard about on occasion but likely more common than believed. Big pharmaceuticals are the villains and children are the victims, but with a happy ending out of the 1950’s.
  • Not-the-Same
I purchased the Kindle version of this book to read while traveling. It was such a good book that I ended up finishing it in just 3 days. It's a very easy read and will definitely keep your attention. I found it hard to put this book down after starting it. I highly recommend purchasing this book ... I can see myself reading it again ... it was that good.
  • Frei
This is the first time that I read this author, and it was an amazing read. If you have children, grandchildren, or are an educator, this is a must read. If you are a parent, you want your child to succeed in everything that they do, sometimes you may find yourself doing things that you may not normally do. The education system of today is always looking for a quick fix, in a lot of cases they are not interested in the childs well being, they are more interested in making kids zombies, because teachers are afraid to control the classroom. This book takes a look at the education system dabbling in the pharmacuetical drug trade. What makes a child a candidate to be medicated, it could be a true disorder, or could simply be overzealous educators trying to get ahead, at the cost of the child's overall health. I felt for the characters of this book, even the characters that knew they were doing wrong. Competition is not always healthy. This is my first great read of the year!

Christopher Berry
  • Doomblade
The unnerving fact at the core of this absorbing novel has been widely publicized. Hundreds of thousands of American children are dosed with attention deficit medications, drugs similar to Ritalin; originally designed to curb obstreperous behavior. When these medications were later found to improve concentration, they were routinely recommended by psychologists and teachers, and willingly adopted by parents eager to give their children every academic advantage. In some cases, the drugs also increase heart rates to dangerous levels, particularly when started when the child is 8 or 9 years old.

What begins as an entertaining account of a father attempting to manage his precocious and winsome young son during his wife's absence morphs into a powerful indictment of the hazards of medicating young children. Though the transition from diversion to documentary is somewhat abrupt, the appealing packaging should effectively make more people aware of a dangerous and growing trend.
The writing is okay, but the plot was very predictable. There were no surprises, such that I do not recommend this as a purchase for those looking for the unexpected. Had I known this going in, I would have passed on this book.