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?
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.
Tara Sands has recorded over sixty audiobooks and has received several Earphones Awards from "AudioFile" magazine. Her voice can also be heard in many cartoons, video games, and commercials.