Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind by Valerie Hobbs

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Minnie McClary is the new girl and knows that she doesn't quite fit in, especially not after she lost it one day in language arts. In art, Minnie has to paint a self portrait--but how can she do this when she doesn't even know who she is anymore? Things aren't great at home, either. Her uncle Bill is building a huge replica of the Apache helicopter he flew in Iraq, and her father has blown some sort of whistle and has to start over in a new job. Then Miss Marks takes over Minnie's language class and encourages students to think critically about everything. They write their thoughts and questions in journals, marking the most private entries For Your Eyes Only. Minnie and her classmate Amira are inspired, but some people in town wonder why Miss Marks is encouraging students to ask these questions and just what, exactly, she's teaching. When a group of angry parents demands Miss Marks's suspension, Minnie finds herself asking a lot of questions--and figuring out what she has the power to change.
 

About Valerie Hobbs

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VALERIE HOBBS is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including Defiance, recipient of the ASPCA Henry Bergh Award, and Letting Go of Bobby James, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Minnie observes growing bias against not just Miss Marks, but also her new Muslim friend, Amira, but she’s torn between remaining safely unobtrusive or taking a stand for what’s right.

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When a middle school teacher encourages her students to ask questions and think for themselves, the town’s parents might not like it, but Minnie McClary finds the courage to speak (and write) her mind.

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Sixth grade hasn’t started out well for Minnie McClary.

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After her outburst, however, Minnie quiets her voice, trying to blend into her new surroundings.

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