Sahara Jones wants to be a writer. She is embarrassed by the time she spent in special education and having to repeat fifth grade. frustrated by the way she is treated at school, Sahara hides her writing. Her new teacher Miss Pointy encourages everyone in the class to keep a journal. She also keeps the fifth grade in line. For the first time, someone in Sahara's life believes in her, and maybe that can help Sahara believe more in herself.