GOLD/1ST PLACE AWARD WINNER, 2018 FEATHERED QUILL BOOK AWARDS (ADULT FICTION category)
Miles Foster is a newly minted teacher who dreams of getting a teaching job in the highly respected and financially stable Portland, Oregon school system where everything is available, and where he and his wife call home. But the only opening for his talents is in a remote lumber mill town in central Oregon, two hundred miles away. It is a poor school with forty students, and is controlled by a jealous superintendent and school board who tolerate no thinking outside the box and who conspire to destroy his teaching career.
Miles must find a way to educate students who have been passed along regardless of what they learned, and defeat the damaging control of the school board and superintendent without losing his marriage or his job, or both.
"A truly gifted novelist with a genuine flair for creating deftly created and memorable characters, [Misko's] The Path of the Wind is a consistently entertaining and highly recommended addition to community library General Fiction collections."—Midwest Book Review
"When an author leaves an indelible memory recall of a 'great read,' my initial thought on his/her next read is: 'Will this one be just as good or better?'. In the case of The Path of the Wind, Misko once again has sealed his place among great authors. His care and forethought toward mapping a storyline is exceptional. His focus on setting the scene for the next exchange of witty and believable dialogue is superb. Misko's writing ability and homage for the English language is award-worthy and then some! I thoroughly enjoyed this writer's essence of how a story should be told! Great read!"—Feathered Quill
James A. Misko was born in Nebraska, then moved to Oregon and Alaska, completing what for him was a natural bridge to the frontier. He has worked as an oil field roughneck, a logger, truck driver, saw mill hand, teacher, journalist, real estate broker, and writer. With numerous published articles and five novels to his credit, he continues to work at being the best author of fiction he can be. Jim and his wife Patti live in Alaska during the summer and California in the winter.
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"Jim Misko's The Path of the Windis an entertaining and insightful novel about the life and times of an American schoolteacher. What's more, it's a moving love story. Anyone who's ever taught school or wondered what it would be like to teach will love The Path of the Wind."
"Misko is a natural storyteller. His characters aren't constructs, but feel like they are flesh and blood. Once again, Misko delivers!"
"After having been a teacher for over 23 years and doing battle for my students who were often lost in an uncaring system, I can identify with Jim Misko's Miles Foster and tell you this is a novel that cries to be read not only for its tension and good writing, but for its theme. A must for those looking for a quality read!"