Synopses & Reviews
Minnie McClary’s life was turned upside down when her family moved from the big city to a small town, and now she has nothing but problems. Miss Marks, her new language arts teacher, thinks that the way to solve problems is to start by asking questions. But Minnie has so many questions she doesn’t even know where to start. Like why did her father lose his job by blowing a whistle? Why is her war veteran uncle obsessed with building a helicopter in the basement? Why do people make fun of her new friend Amira’s head scarf? Why do all of the parents care so much about the rainbow tattoo on Miss Marks’s ankle? And what can you do when you know you should stand up for what’s right, but you might be too scared?
"When a middle school teacher encourages her students to ask questions and think for themselves, the town's parents might not like it, but Minnie McClary finds the courage to speak (and write) her mind. In this audio production, narrator Tara Sands delivers a unique and appropriate voice for Minnie. Sands also adeptly gives voice to Minnie's new Muslim friend Amira, whose outward calm masks fears that she will be bullied because of her headscarf. The voices of other characters, however, tend to blur. Minnie's mother sounds too much like Miss Marks, the teacher idolized by her daughter. Moreover, nearly all the male characters both young and old sound alike, making it difficult to determine who is speaking when and detracting from the listening experience.. Ages 8 up. A Farrar, Straus and Giroux hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Valerie Hobbs is the critically acclaimed author of several middle grade and young adult novels, including The Last Best Days of Summer, Sheep, and Defiance. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.