Marc Crail tells ‘Tales Out of School’

Marc Robertson was going to Australia, not to Walnut Creek. The 22-year-old, newly graduated from Kent State University in the turbulent Class of 1970, was excited about a pending job offer to teach in New South Wales the following spring. In late summer, though, he got a call about a substitute job in Holmes County.

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Marc Robertson is the alter ego of Marc Crail, author of the warm and winning “Tales Out of School,” first of three autobiographical novels about a rural educator. Marc’s temporary job offer is the result of a car accident that will keep the regular sixth-grade teacher out until at least Christmas. Having no other prospects until his Australia trip, Marc accepts.

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