On NY School's Summer Reading List: 30+ Typos

Students advised to read 'The Great Gypsy,' Emily Bonte

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2013 1:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Good news, students of Hempstead Public Schools: You won't be wading through F. Scott Fitzgerald's version of that Leo DiCaprio movie this fine summer vacation. Rather, you'll be searching endlessly for a tome called The Great Gypsy—at least according to the district's summer reading list, which Newsday points out contains a whopping 30-plus typos. Similarly, the school is recommending authors Emily Bonte, George Ornell, and David McCulloch in the list, which is for students in pre-K through "twelve grade."

Hempstead itself wasn't immediately commenting, but a rep for New York state's Board of Regents blamed a chaotic administration: "It indicates again that a stable administration is absolutely essential for kids to get the kind of education they need. Hempstead has not had a stable administration for a long time and the kids are suffering."

Long Island's Hempstead Public Schools would like its students to read something called The Great Gypsy over summer break.
Long Island's Hempstead Public Schools would like its students to read something called "The Great Gypsy" over summer break.   (Shutterstock)
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