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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 the students 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 and her classmates, Sahara just might be able to believe in herself.
Greg Kenton loved money, and he was good at earning it and saving it. One day near the end of fifth grade, Greg made a big discovery. All the kids at school carried quarters with them: quarters for ice cream and cookies in the cafeteria, quarters for sparkly pencils at the school store, quarters for the juice machine. When he multiplied all those quarters by all those kids, Greg realized just how much money could be made at school. Greg worked hard to start his own comic book business. As soon as it was up and running, Greg had competition. Maura Shaw, his rival from across the street, started selling a comic book of her own. Would there be enough quarters in school for both of them to make money? And more importantly, how long could the comic book business continue before the principal gets involved?
"Can I get back to you on that?" is Joey Pigza's answer for almost every question people ask him when he's wired. And Joey is wired a lot. The fact that his mom showed up in his life again after leaving Joey with his Grandma isn't helping. Joey tries hard to act normal. Part of his brain knows what he should and should not do, but the other part, the wired part, just can't sit still and do the right thing. Sometimes Joey's meds help him follow the rules, but other days things get away from him. Even though he's breaking the rules, the results are often hilarious. But if Joey keeps acting up, he's going to be sent to a special school. Can Joey figure out a way to keep himself under control?
Millicent Min is only eleven, but her resume is impressive. One of her goals is to graduate high school next year as valedictorian. But it isn't easy being a girl genius. The kids her own age think she's a freak, and the other kids in eleventh grade hate her for working too hard and making them look bad. Worse yet, this summer her mother is making her tutor Stanford Wong and play on a girls volleyball team. Millie's grandmother Maddie is usually on her side, but even she thinks volleyball is a good idea. The only bright spot in Millicent's summer is her college level poetry class. But when Millicent meets Emily at volleyball, for the first time she has a friend her own age who doesn't know she's a genius. Millicent hopes Emily won't find out the truth about her from Stanford or her family.
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