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Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell
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May 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult

Sahara is not inspired in school and does so poorly that her principle puts her in special ed. Sahara’s mother does not want Sahara in special ed because of the teasing that ensues from it and puts her back in a regular classroom. While everyone believes Sahara will fail again, her new teacher disagrees. Through creative teaching tools and strategies, Ms. Potier helps Sahara and her classmates flourish.

This is a quick and hilarious read. The journal entries and fantasy sequences in the book helps make all the characters come alive. It kinda made me want to become a teacher for about 5 seconds. Sahara’s story is touching and easy to be drawn into. It was also great to see such a positive student-teacher relationship.

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