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Sahara Special
by Esme Raji Codell
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1.Do you have "special needs" kids at your school? What's the difference between "normal dumb" and "special dumb?"
2.Why does Sahara behave the way she does?
3.Why is Rachel Sahara's best friend? What are good qualities for a best friend to have?
4.What are some interesting things about Miss Pointy? Does her name have anything to do with her character? Would you like to have a teacher like her? Why or why not? Have you ever had a memorable teacher?
5.Have you read any of Aesop's Fables?
6.Do a lot of kids that you know think life is boring?
7."True things don't always happen in the world, where you can see and touch them. Ture things also happen in the imagination." What does this mean?
8.Did you like Sahara's mom? Why or why not?
9.Why can't Sahara get herself to write?
10.Is it good that Miss Pointy doesn't look at children's records? What purpose does having your school record on file serve?
11.Why does Miss Pointy keep Darrell in class?
12.What was your favorite part of the book?
13."Inside each person there's a secret person." Is this true?
14.Is there a story about how you got your name? Is it the name you'd choose for yourself?
15.Why did Sahara's mom think the journal writing was a waste of time? Was it?
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