Sahara Special

Sahara Special

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Sahara Jones, traumatised by her father's abandnment of her and her mother, does none of her schoolwork, even though she loves reading and writing in secret. Everyone at school calls her Sahara Special, because she has to study with the special needs teacher out in the corridor at school. Her mother, however, objects to this, so Sahara moves from Special Needs Class to repeat 5th Grade, which is when she meets the eccentric and inspiring class teacher, Miss Pointy. Under Miss Pointy's unorthodox tutelage the whole class blossoms, but especially Sahara who, it is revealed, has a great gift for writing. Sahara is truly special after all.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 13mm | 140g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • None
  • 0340883715
  • 9780340883716

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Any child lacking in confidence - and every teacher - should read Sahara Special - Publishing News

This is a wonderful and inspiring story aimed at 8-12 year-olds, but great for any age - Publishing News

Sahara Special is different. It is sharply observed, really cleverly written and a treat to read. - Inis

Sahara's battle to acknowledge her dream and express herself [is] deeply moving... [Madame Poitier] is a wonderful creation... This inspiring story deserves to be widely read by both teenagers and educators. - School Librarian

Warm, wise and witty, kids and teachers alike will love Sahara Special. - Bookfest 2004
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About Esme Raji Codell

Esme Raji Codell is an avid collector of sparkly stickers and a pretty good roller skater. Her first book for Hyperion in the USA was Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year, which won the U.S. Alex Award for the best adult book for young adults. She has worked as a children's bookseller, a teacher and a school librarian, and lives with her husband in Chicago.
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3,415 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 36% (1,238)
4 35% (1,187)
3 21% (719)
2 5% (173)
1 3% (98)
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