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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Valerie Hobbs Narrator: Tara Sands Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780449010358
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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? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Dyer | 1/2/2014

    " My mom got this for me early, at amazon, where she works. I picked it up, and it was addicting, but a little corny, and it wasnt very well written. But loved the inspiring story, and the amazing Language Arts teacher, Miss Marks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley Troutte | 10/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book very much. Minnie was endearing, her teacher was inspiring and the deeper messages made it a great read. Valerie Hobbs is one of my favorite children's authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Marie | 8/4/2013

    " When is the time to stand up for what you think is right, is true, is worth fighting for? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mercy | 4/3/2013

    " 6th grader in a new school learns what it means to do the right thing, take a stand and confront prejudice. A little didactic, but touches on some series issues- war, ptss, intolerance etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally Goodwin | 3/9/2013

    " Very thought provoking book as author intended. Will recommend to kids looking for answers to life's questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trinity | 12/20/2012

    " I loved this book!If I had a teacher like Miss.Marks i would love that class.I love the twist Minnie uncle put on the story.This is one of the books that you have the feeling like you're glad you read that book.I don't get that feeling for all my books but for most of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaira Coulter | 12/17/2012

    " We all have questions rolling around in our heads an no one to answer them, what an inspirational story for us to pull from. Write write write your questions down and write about them. You have the answers and this will inspire you to stand up and talk about what you believe in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/14/2012

    " Review to come for School Library Journal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Nevitt | 11/10/2012

    " Excellent read! I would recommend this book to any teacher. It reminds us of the importance of creating thinkers, not just kids who can bubble in a test! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 7/28/2012

    " Well, I'm a sucker for a good teacher story, so I was bound to love this book. It's a great opportunity to talk to kids about standing up for what you believe is right. "

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About the Narrator

Tara Sands is an American actress, television host, and voice talent who has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She is well known as the voice of Anna Kyoyama in Shaman King, Mokuba Kaiba in the English adaptation of the second series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, as well as Chase on Fighting Foodons. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in New Jersey, She studied theater at Hofstra University and has had a steady stream of voice acting work since high school. Much of her work is in anime dubbing, with multiple roles in such franchises as Slayers and Pokémon. She has also narrated numerous audiobooks, including Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes series and Ellen Potter’s Olivia Kidney series. In addition to providing voiceovers, she has appeared on-camera in commercials, including as the ‘Office Cheerleader’ in a series for Lipton’s Cup-a-Soup and television series, including, Everybody Hates Chris. She is also a successful television host whose credits include: Cartoon Network’s weekly block, Fridays and major red carpet premieres.