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Standing Up to Mr. O.

Claudia Mills

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Maggie McIntosh is crazy about her biology teacher and loves to impress him with her academic excellence. But when the dreaded day of the first class dissection arrives, Maggie has to disappoint Mr. O. There's no way she can cut up a worm.

Maggie's best friend, Alycia, understands. Alycia is squeamish, too, and shares Maggie's moral outrage. However, she's willing to keep quiet and let her lab partner do the dirty work. Maggies' own lab partner, Matt, completely disagrees. Then, after Maggie walks out on the dissection, he seems to respect her. And classmate Jake, who follows Maggie out the door, appears positively smitten.

As she struggles to clarify her position about dissections, Maggie discovers that people and relationships are not always what they seem, and just as there are no perfect fathers (hers left years before), there are no perfect father figures - or even friends.

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Praise for Standing Up to Mr. O.

"Maggie hates to disappoint her favorite teacher, Mr. O'Neill, but a combination of squeamishness and principles results in her refusal to participate in dissection labs, and in her writing an essay on the immorality of killing animals. . .Mills renders the trials of a good kid in a sympathetic and believable style." --Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Claudia Mills

  • Claudia Mills is the author of Dinah Forever, which received a Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Big Picture" review and was among the list of "Bulletin Blue Ribbons 1995."  According to a starred review in School Library Journal, "As in the previous books, Mills is particularly effective in her creation of complex relationships between characters."  The author's last book for middle-grade readers was Losers, Inc., which was widely recommended by reviewers. Claudia Mills teaches philosophy at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she lives with her husband and their two sons.
  • Claudia Mills
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Standing Up to Mr. O.

Claudia Mills

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