Beth Fertig, an award-winning education reporter, takes on the troubling topic of illiteracy through the lens of three students who somehow made it to high school without ever learning how to read. In Why cant U teach me 2 read?: Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test, Fertig tells the stories of these students, the school system, and the challenges faced by both educators and pupils. No doubt about it, the book can veer into wonk territory. But for moms who are interested in some serious reporting on the strengths and failures of a recently revamped school system – not to mention the inspiration of three severely disadvantaged students who put their lives back on track – it’s a great read.