Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell

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Sahara Jones is going into fifth grade-again. Although she won't be "Sahara Special" anymore (special needs, that is), she doesn't expect this year to be any better than last year. Fifth grade is going to be different, though, because Sahara's class is getting a new teacher: Miss Pointy. From her eggplant-colored lipstick to the strange subjects she teaches, like "Puzzling" and "Time Travel," she is like no other teacher Sahara has ever known. With Miss Pointy's help, Sahara just might find a way to redefine special for herself. The latest chapter in her book unfolds when her mother insists that she be taken out of special Ed. So Sahara is facing fifth grade in the regular classroom, again. But why even try to do the work, Sahara wonders, if everything just winds up in the counselor's file? Enter Miss Pointy, the new fifth-grade teacher. With her eggplant-colored lipstick, and strange subjects such as "Puzzling" and "Time Travel," she's like no other teacher Sahara has ever known. Through Miss Pointy's unusual teaching, storytelling, and quiet support, Sahara finds the courage to overcome her fears and prove which file shows her true self.

About Esme Raji Codell

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Esme Raji Codell is a teacher and librarian and the author of many award-winning books for children. Even though she has already graduated from preschool, she still loves puppets, sharing, friends, snacks, and the occasional dinosaur. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois. You can find more story-time fun and support for your child's precious preschool years at her website.
Published January 1, 2004 by Scholastic. 180 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Sahara Jones really is Sahara Special.

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Publishers Weekly

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Sahara Jones lands herself a spot in the Special Needs group at school when she proves uncooperative, and a teacher confiscates a stack of letters Sahara has penned to her absentee father.

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Common Sense Media

Codell knows children and teachers, and the little graces of writing -- the rhythms, metaphors, insights, and turns of phrase that turn a story into a song.

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ABC Perth

Will anyone ever find Sahara's writings in section 940?

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ABC Perth

it was full of deail and was very understandable.I was so surprised when I actually wanted to read it every step I took.At first when I picked up the book I was like uh-oh its guna be a book I proboly wont like then I kept reading and it was fantastic.I love thiis book.

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