Sahara Special

Author: Esmé Raji Codell

Interest Level:
5-8

Lexile Framework:
660L

Grade Level Equivalent:
4.6

Guided Reading Level:
S

Age:
10-13

Genre:
General Fiction

Subject:
Changes and New Experiences, School Life, Learning and Cognitive Development, Cleverness, Creativity and Imagination

About This Book

There are two files on Sahara Jones. The one the school counselor keeps is evidence that she's a fifth-grader who needs special education. The other is the book Sahara is secretly writing, her Heart-Wrenching Life Story and Amazing Adventures. 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 the Author

Esmé Raji Codell was named “Generation X's answer to Bel Kaufman and Frank McCourt” in NEA Today.


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