Sahara Special / Esmé Raji Codell.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.
    • Notes:
      8-12.
    • ISBN:
      0786807938 (trade)
      0786816112 (pbk.)
    • Accession Number:
      2002027589
    • Accession Number:
      fay.183232
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CODELL, E. R. Sahara Special. [s.l.] : Hyperion Books For Children, 2003. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 19 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Codell ER. Sahara Special. Hyperion Books For Children; 2003. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.183232. Accessed October 19, 2019.
    • APA:
      Codell, E. R. (2003). Sahara Special. Hyperion Books For Children. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.183232
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Codell, Esmé Raji. 2003. Sahara Special. Hyperion Books For Children. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.183232.
    • Harvard:
      Codell, E. R. (2003) Sahara Special. Hyperion Books For Children. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.183232 (Accessed: 19 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Codell, ER 2003, Sahara Special, Hyperion Books For Children, viewed 19 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Codell, Esmé Raji. Sahara Special. Hyperion Books For Children, 2003. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.183232.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Codell, Esmé Raji. Sahara Special. Hyperion Books For Children, 2003. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.183232.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Codell ER. Sahara Special [Internet]. Hyperion Books For Children; 2003 [cited 2019 Oct 19]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.183232

Reviews

Booklist Monthly Selections - # 1 April 2003

Gr. 4-6. Codell, author of an award-winning adult nonfiction book, Educating Esme (1999), about teaching in an inner-city Chicago school, brings her experience to bear in this debut novel. Sahara is a quiet, self-conscious kid, who misses her absentee father and can't seem to fit in at school. When her poor school performance and letters to Dad she's hidden in her desk come to light, she's put in Special Needs, an experience so dreadful that her mother pulls her out for another crack at fifth grade. As it turns out, her new teacher is just what she needs to build confidence and set her on a path to becoming a writer. It's meant to be Sahara's story, but it's her teacher, "Ms. Pointy," who takes over. Pointy's audacious, yet caring, demeanor and her undisguised disdain of educational bureaucracy will be a revelation to kids, who will see narrator Sahara as a sympathetic, but pale, second stringer. Codell works in wonderful metaphors and important life lessons, but that's not always enough to carry the peripatetic goings on, which come across as two parts message and one part story. An upbeat and certainly well-intentioned novel, but flawed. ((Reviewed April 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Fall

Miss Pointy, the new fifth-grade teacher, has her work cut out for her, with shy Rachel, outspoken Sakiah, angry Darrell, and Sahara Jones, fifth grader for the second time. Though Miss Pointy perhaps too often has the perfect response, she is a real teacher, plagued by worries and ego and a sharp tongue. She joins the constellation of fictional inspirational teachers who serve as models for students and teachers alike. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2003 #3

Miss Pointy is a teacher who enjoys a challenge. And, as the new fifth grade teacher, she has her work cut out for her. There is shy Rachel, who rarely speaks but wants to please. Sakiah says whatever pops into her mind, whether it is kind or not. Angry Darrell, who used to be in the Special Needs class, is barely able to control his body, let alone his mouth. And Sahara Jones, fifth grader for the second time, aspiring writer, is starting a new chapter; she is writing all about her school year and placing the pages in safekeeping "behind section 940 of the public library, where all the books about Somewhere Else are located." Enter Madame Poitier, called Miss Pointy, sometimes Madame. ("'My damn what?' Darrell called out. 'Your damn teacher,' Miss Pointy replied without blinking.") Readers of Codell's adult autobiography, Educating EsmÄ, will recognize this classroom with its Trouble Basket, Happy Box, journal writing, Puzzling, and Time Travel. Into this classroom slinks Sahara, afraid to make a mistake and demoralized by the file she knows exists in the counselor's office. When Miss Pointy asks the children to write in their journals, all she can squeeze out of her pencil is "I am a writer." Miss Pointy sensibly responds, "I believe you." Though Miss Pointy perhaps too often has the perfect response, she is a real teacher, plagued by worries and ego and a sharp tongue. But never once does the reader doubt her dedication or love for the children placed in her care. Even Darrell, who would try the patience of a saint, is unable to resist her stories and good spirits. And, on one unforgettable day, Miss Pointy proves to everyone in the room that Sahara is indeed a writer. Miss Pointy joins the constellation of fictional inspirational teachers who serve as models for students and teachers alike. Give Codell a shiny sticker from Miss Pointy's Happy Box. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

PW Reviews 2003 March #3

In her first book for children, the author of Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year shows a keen understanding of classroom dynamics, a finely tuned ear for preadolescent voices and a lively, original wit. Her feisty narrator, Sahara Jones, does none of her schoolwork even though she loves to read and writes in secret she's been traumatized by her father's abandonment. Her classmates call her Sahara Special because she has to work with the special-needs teacher out in the hall along with the disruptive Darrell Sikes. When Sahara's mother objects to the arrangement, Sahara is held back to repeat the fifth grade; Sahara is thrilled to transfer from the land of special dumb to the realm of normal dumb. Her new fifth-grade teacher, Madame Poitier, better known as Miss Pointy, is dedicated but irreverent, and not easily categorized (She was pale, but I couldn't tell for sure if she was white or Asian or Puerto Rican, or maybe light-skinned black, observes the narrator. Miss Pointy wins her students' trust and manages to instill in them hope and confidence; while the outcome can be predicted, Miss Pointy's methods (and Sahara's responses) are full of surprises. Presenting memorable characters in spirited scenes, this novel will surely be empowering for reluctant learners and thought-provoking and gratifying for everyone. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.