The Secrets of Ms. Snickle's Class by Laurie Miller Hornik

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In Ms. Snickle’s topsy-turvy classroom there are no tests or math lessons. Instead, there are pizza-topping spelling contests and class trips to find runaway desks. And there are lots of secrets, some of them quite unusual. For example, Eva is a swan, and Dennis’s mother really is the tooth fairy! Lacey knows that the rule in the classroom is No Telling Secrets, but she makes it her business to learn all the secrets. And when she learns the most extraordinary secret of all—that Ms. Snickle can turn her classroom into an apartment by pushing a magic button—she discovers just how powerful secrets can be. Complemented by Debbie Tilley’s zany illustrations, this wildly imaginative and humorous novel will be a hit with any kid who’s ever wished for more fun at school.

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Laurie Miller Hornik is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: The Secrets of Ms. Snickle's Class Roberta Baker is the author of No Ordinary Olive, Lizard Walinsky and Olive's Pirate Party with Debbie Tilley. Publishers Weekly said, "Baker and Tilley celebrate Olive's vibrancy and remind readers that 'it's hard to be patient with the world racing by'." Debbie Tilley is the illustrator of several award-winning artwork picture books, including Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose, recipient of a Jane Addams Book Award honor, and Little, Brown's Someday You'll Thank Me for This by Marc Gellman (January 2007).
Published April 23, 2001 by Clarion Books. 144 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The object lesson of the story, however, is ambiguous as Haley’s sneezing attacks disappear when all secrets are revealed, but suffers a recurrence when secrecy is restored while everyone else seems better off when their secrets stay private.

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Hornik's rather meandering debut children's book introduces an unorthodox teacher who has only one classroom rule: "No telling secrets."

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