Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind

Valerie Hobbs

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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.

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10:02. Room 2, Mojave Middle School, Home of the Mustangs.
Minnie McClary, row one, seat four, nervously watched the clock. If a teacher did not show up in exactly three minutes, Room 2 was going to explode. It had happened yesterday, and the day before that, and it was sure to happen again.
Some little thing would set it off, a belch or a fart, a spitwad would fly. Kids would wriggle in their seats. One boy would leave his desk, then another. They would prowl the room like dogs sniffing for trouble, or do some dopey thing to make everybody nervous, like standing on the teacher’s

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"Fans of Claudia Mills’ thoughtful and sometimes anxious protagonists will definitely take to Minnie and appreciate her widening understanding." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Readers will cheer this protagonist on as she finds her voice—and perhaps be inspired to make their own voices heard." —School Library Journal

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Valerie Hobbs

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.

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Amelia Bloomer Project/Feminist Task Force, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, ME Cream of the Crop Master List, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List

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September 2013
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August 2012
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