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 is the recipient of the 1999 PEN/Norma Klein Award, a biennial prize that recognizes "an emerging voice of literary merit among American writers of children's fiction." She is the author of young adult and middle-grade novels including "Sheep", "Defiance", "Anything but Ordinary", and "The Last Best Days of Summer". 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. Valerie lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband.
Tara's voice can be heard on hundreds of radio and TV commercials, audiobooks, video games, and cartoons. Tara has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including the series "Sammy Keyes" and Katy Kelly's "Allie Finkle." She has received several Earphone awards from Audiofile Magazine and was nominated for an Audie award for the multicast performance of "Lemony Snicket: Book 1," starring Tim Curry. For 2 years, Tara was the on-camera host of Cartoon Network's weekly Friday night lineup, appropriately titled "Fridays."