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Standing Up to Mr. O.

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Maggie comes to dread biology class because her favorite teacher is insisting that she dissect a worm, an assignment that makes her feel very squeamish and awakens her to the question of animal rights.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 22nd 1998 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published January 1st 1900)
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Leila Amos
Nov 03, 2015 Leila Amos rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl who is in love with animals and her class is supposed to start doing dissections and she refuses. She then refuses to do it two more times. She also starts liking the bad boy. Every thing goes downhill from there.
Megan Rasmussen
Apr 30, 2015 Megan Rasmussen rated it did not like it
Get a grip, girl. DISSECT THE WORM.
this book was well written in style but the characters and storyline were pathetic, The author used good description and literary devices but a 12 year old girl who was originally the pet refuses to dissect something, becomes, a vegetarian over that, and starts kissing the class bad boy? No. Save yourself hours wasted, and burn this.
Oct 13, 2015 Peacegal rated it really liked it
Shelves: humane-education
Maggie is a twelve-year old girl with a problem: her biology teacher, whom she greatly admires, had begun a unit on dissection. A good student, Maggie faces the choice of going against what she knows in her heart to be wrong, or receiving a failing grade. Young readers will be able to relate, as classroom dissection is a dilemma that many students unfortunately face each school year.

First up on the dissection table is an earthworm. Maggie dislikes and fears worms, but she still thinks it’s wron
Oct 19, 2013 ...cats? rated it really liked it
Maggie loves her biology teacher Mr. O. He makes classes interesting and fun, and he's nice to her. She can even talk to him about her father, who left Maggie and her mother when Maggie was still little. As far as Maggie is concerned, Mr. O can do no wrong.
That is, until dissections come up in biology class.
Maggie thinks dissections are equal to murder, but only broody bad boy Jake seems to agree with her. In hopes of convincingly explaining her view to Mr. O, Maggie decides to write her essay f
Nov 19, 2011 Eden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is what gave me the guts to walk out of my high school frog dissection. I'm not kidding. Granted, I didn't get an F for it because my teacher let me watch a virtual dissection, but my eyes were opened to this moral issue in middle school thanks to Standing Up to Mr. O.

The writing style is quite different; it's firmly 20th-century writing, without that close contact with the protagonist that we're used to nowadays even in third-person limited. Somehow, Maggie still sounds like a close f
Jul 11, 2009 Sps rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle, character
Totally unappealing jacket picture. Cover it with brown paper! But Claudia Mills writes great characters, great dialogue, and authentic middle-grade conflicts. Mostly a character book (you'll feel like you know idealistic Maggie, cold but brainy Matt, even Maggie's funny, exhausted mom) but with enough drama to keep it moving forward: will Maggie give in and dissect an animal, even though she feels it's wrong? Who will win the essay contest? And how come bad-boy Jake has started holding Maggie's ...more
Apr 03, 2012 LuAnn rated it really liked it
A book about a middle-school girl who has is sure that she is the teacher's pet and is so impressed that her biology teacher understands her and the trials that life has thrown in her path. Then she finds that he requires students to dissect worms, fish, etc. This not only makes her squeamish, but she feels that this is cruel to kill for this purpose. This causes her to examine her lifestyle and reexamine the character of several people in her life. She sees that she has made mistakes in her cha ...more
4Erin Walker
I learned from this book that you should always stand up for yourself. In this book there was a young girl who had to disect a worm for a science lab. She thought that this was cruel so she refused to do it. Through out the book she was fighting for what she beleived in.
May 16, 2009 CLM rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrensbooks
A very earnest story that I read while researching children's books for an Animal Rights seminar in law school. The heroine is awakened to sentient beings when forced to dissect an earthworm in middle school.
Aug 15, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is straightforward and pretty ordinary, but I really like that it centers on a teenager's struggles with the ethics of dissection and meat-eating and the power of choice.
Mar 22, 2009 Verena rated it really liked it
This book explains how it feels like to be a vegan in a society which does not care about animal cruelty.
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Claudia Mills is the author of How Oliver Olson Changed the World, 7 x 9 = Trouble!, Being Teddy Roosevelt, and many other books for children. She was born in New York City in 1954. She received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College, her master's degree from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. She also received an M.L.S. degree from the University of M ...more
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