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Zero Tolerance

Claudia Mills

Square Fish

Seventh-grader Sierra Shepard has always been the perfect student, so when she sees that she accidentally brought her mother’s lunch bag to school, including a paring knife, she immediately turns in the knife at the school office. Much to her surprise, her beloved principal places her in in-school suspension and sets a hearing for her expulsion, citing the school’s ironclad no-weapons policy. While there, Sierra spends time with Luke, a boy who’s known as a troublemaker, and discovers that he’s not the person she assumed he would be—and that the lines between good and bad aren’t as clear as she once thought.

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Sierra Shepard sat in the office at Longwood Middle School during lunch recess 5A, waiting to see her principal, Mr. Besser. She adjusted her red plaid skirt so that it draped neatly over her knees and tucked a strand of shoulder-length brown hair back into her matching headband. Outside in the hallway, some kids peered in through the glass windows to see who was in trouble this time. She could tell that they were disappointed when they saw that she was the one sitting there.
Oh, it’s just Sierra.
Above her head hung the banner she had helped sew with the other
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Praise for Zero Tolerance

Praise for Zero Tolerance:

"After turning in a paring knife she accidentally brought to school with her lunch, a high-achieving, rule-following seventh-grade girl is suspended, and her case becomes a media sensation. . . . Provocative and fun, from a master of the school story." —Kirkus Reviews

"This compelling novel could also spark a discussion about the slippery nature of rules and how they are enforced." —School Library Journal

"This will make provocative discussion fodder, and it will also encourage kids to think more deeply about their relationship with rules and approval." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Claudia Mills

  • Claudia Mills is the author of many chapter and middle grade books, including 7 x 9=Trouble; How Oliver Olson Changed the World; and, most recently, Third-Grade Reading Queen. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Claudia Mills
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Zero Tolerance

Claudia Mills

CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
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