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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Esme Raji Codell Narrator: Phylicia Rashad Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN:
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There are two files on Sahara Jones. The one the school counselor keeps is evidence that she is a fifth grader who needs special education. The other is the book Sahara is secretly writing, her Heart-Wrenching Life Story and Amazing Adventures.

The latest chapter in her book unfolds when her mother insists that she be taken out of special ed. So Sahara is facing fifth grade in the regular classroom, again. But why even try to do work, Sahara wonders, if everything she does just winds up in the counselor's file?

Enter Miss Pointy, the new fifth-grade teacher. With her eggplant-colored lipstick and strange subjects, such as Puzzling and Time Travel, she's like no other teacher Sahara has ever known. When she passes out writing journals to the class, Sahara begins to have fresh hope for the school year. Through Miss Pointy's unusual teaching, storytelling and quiet support, Sahara finds the courage to overcome her fears and prove which file shows her true self.

Laugh-out-loud dialogue and unforgettable characters distinguish Esme Raji Codell's debut novel about a troubled but talented student, and the inspiring teacher whose belief in her changes her life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 2/13/2014

    " great for educators. poetic and heartfelt writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 2/7/2014

    " I liked the protagonist and the book's message. The book made me wish for more teachers like the one in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 2/3/2014

    " I lOVED this book! Even though this book is a fictional story, the author takes it from her personal life teaching in a Chicago school. I wouldn't homeschool if all of the teachers were like this. So many students feel terrible like Sahara that they don't amount to much because they are in special ed. But in reality, some hide their talents and gifts because we don't incorporate Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luci | 1/31/2014

    " This book is about a little girl named Sahara Jones. Sahara is special needs, but her mom thinks that she should be taught and treated like a normal 5th grade little girl. Sahara was taken out of special ed and put in a normal class. Her 5th grade teacher was like no other with green and purple hair and pink hightops. She gives out magical rainbow stickers to award her students for good work and good behavior. Sahara struggles, will she make it through fith grade in a regular class? Read the book and find out what will happen next... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/23/2014

    " A wonderful surprise awaits anyone reading this book. Watching the change in Sahara is like watching a summer vegetable garden beginning to bear fruit after a long hot summer. May possible themes for discussion are imbedded in this little gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/17/2014

    " This is a surprising book that deals with the label of "special ed." It is a powerful story and the author is a teacher. It really made me think about how important it is to encourage children and not limit them. They believe what you tell them and often it takes a lifetime to undo the unintentional damage! All kids can learn! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/14/2014

    " wow this book made me feel dumb at the end of it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 1/14/2014

    " Simply one of the best audiobooks there is. It's a shame it didn't win any awards for Rashad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Staron | 1/11/2014

    " Wonderful story. I love Codell's style and she truly must be an amazing teacher. Any teacher who has ever worked with student's with "special needs" should put this on their must read list. Besides, it's just plain funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helanie | 1/7/2014

    " it was good :] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliet Cupcakes | 1/6/2014

    " I think that book was a really good book because it was talking about how this girl changed her feelings and actions all because of one teacher "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Boernke | 12/26/2013

    " A great story for kids or teachers. Well written, entertaining and moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 10/16/2013

    " I love books about writing. This book is not only about writing, but also about teaching, inspiration, healing, and hope. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 9/11/2013

    " i recomend this book to 7th graders. it's interesting, and just right for your age. its about a a young girl and her stories in her school. i read this in 7th grade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snowman | 7/19/2013

    " If you read this, then prepare for something that's REALLY weird. You know, on a weird scale of 1-10, I give it... 11. Whoa. However, it's still pretty good, and I listened to it in the car. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Call | 2/4/2013

    " I LOVE this book! I think every teacher should read this book. it gave me great insight into a teacher who lets each of their students start off with a fresh slate. She lets her students be who they really are. it also shows a remarkable journey of a girl dealing with trauma in her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 11/23/2012

    " I LOVED THIS BOOK! Yep, it is a children's book, but WOW! The book "spoke to me" as a teacher...I hope that I can change a child's life like Ms. Pointy did for Sahara. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amaya | 11/4/2011

    " foul language "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Clark | 10/19/2011

    " Oh, what I wouldn't give to have had a teacher like Ms. Pointy. Or to BE a teacher like Ms. Pointy. This book stole my heart! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 9/4/2011

    " Touching and uplifting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sidney Lundak | 8/9/2011

    " Read this in 4th grade, was my fav book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 6/1/2011

    " Sahara is considered special ed and her mom no longer wants her to be designated as such. She is then held back and must repeat the 5th grade. Enter Miss Pointy, a new teacher that is wonderful and brings out each child's gift "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Schommer | 4/4/2011

    " This is a delightful book! The characters are ones that kids will no doubt see in their classmates and maybe even in themselves! I love the voice in which the book is written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevi | 12/29/2010

    " Sahara Special is a delightful novel about a young girl who is "special" (think of sped)and who learns to believe in herself and her classmates because of a quirky teacher who expects and gets the best. A fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 12/10/2010

    " I have been reading alot of junior books this recommended to me by daisy, it was a sweet story about a teacher who really knew her students and how to get them to achieve to their potential dispite what had been told to her by others. its a young girl learning to know herself "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mollie | 11/18/2010

    " I read this book for a Mom/daughter bookclub. It was an outstanding story about tough lives in a very tough neighborhood/school. Good for kids to get a glimpse of life outside of their "bubble". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 11/7/2010

    " I liked the protagonist and the book's message. The book made me wish for more teachers like the one in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercy | 10/19/2010

    " I really loved this character- heard this on audiobook, wonderful narration by Phylicia Raschad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MissGross | 10/17/2010

    " Great read! I love Miss Pointy's character. I stuck a lot of post-it notes in this book. I look forward to sharing it with my students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Airakj | 9/8/2010

    " As far as mr.Lam read that book for us it was good
    (P.S it had bad words, but that book was funny.
    I hope every in my class liked it.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 8/27/2010

    " Good book but not a favorite. Would recommend to African American children and children who feel out of place at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 8/3/2010

    " Great book..Great for special needs students who feel like they aren't able to succeed in school :) "

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