Minnie McClary is the new girl and knows that she doesn't quite fit in, especially not after she lost it one day in language arts. In art, Minnie has to paint a self portrait--but how can she do this when she doesn't even know who she is anymore? Things aren't great at home, either. Her uncle Bill is building a huge replica of the Apache helicopter he flew in Iraq, and her father has blown some sort of whistle and has to start over in a new job. Then Miss Marks takes over Minnie's language class and encourages students to think critically about everything. They write their thoughts and questions in journals, marking the most private entries For Your Eyes Only. Minnie and her classmate Amira are inspired, but some people in town wonder why Miss Marks is encouraging students to ask these questions and just what, exactly, she's teaching. When a group of angry parents demands Miss Marks's suspension, Minnie finds herself asking a lot of questions--and figuring out what she has the power to change.
About the Author
Valerie Hobbs has won numerous awards for her young adult novels, including Best Books of the Year by Kirkus, Booklist, The American Library Association, and The School Library Journal, and Best Book for Reluctant Readers by The American Library Association. She was also designated a Flying Start author by Publisher's Weekly in 1996, and won the 1999 PEN/Norma Klein award for an emerging voice of literary merit among American Writers of children's fiction. Hobbs is recognized as a gifted creator of poignant, coming-of-age stories, and as an author who infuses her adolescent characters with thoughts, emotions and motivations that accurately reflect the experiences of young adults. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she has taught academic writing. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, Jack.