Sahara Jones wants to be a writer. She is embarrassed by the time she spent in special education and having to repeat fifth grade. Because she is afraid of what others will think, Sahara hides her writing. Her new teacher Miss Pointy encourages everyone in the class to keep a journal. Miss Pointy keeps the fifth grade in line and encourages them to think differently. The fifth grade class becomes a community in a way Sahara never experienced at school before. With the support of Miss Pointy andher classmates help Sahara learn to believe in herself.