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Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell
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Aug 11, 2011

Really enjoyed this story of a quiet, lonely girl who learns to share herself with the world because of a teacher. I wish I could have been that kind of a teacher. I'm too straight-laced and serious and too, too sincere to be unconventional and daring as this teacher was (modeled after the author herself as portrayed in her book "Educating Esme"). Some great quotes in this book! I'm just savoring the story, but I could go back and evaluate all the locked and hidden things in the book: her letters hidden in her desk, then in her file, her words hidden inside her, the boy in the poem hiding. I also like how the teacher uses stories in powerful ways. (There are a couple bad words, but the students in class are told they're bad and that they're not to use them in class.)

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