Sahara Special

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

A lovely, moving book about a student and teacher.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 9+

Engaging and Meaningful!

This book gets my kids so involved in the story, and they are incredibly reflective of Sahara's character development. It's written with a great wit, and a heartfelt story line. Plus, it's set in Chicago which my kids adore! Yes, there are a few swears. No, I don't think that takes away from the quality of this book, especially considering the setting and what the characters are dealing with. The language includes damn, hell, jackass, and bitch, only one to two instances of each. For my fourth graders, I opted not to say bitch, but read the others. We had a conversation about how just because these words are used in the book, doesn't mean we are allowed to use them in our real life. We emphasize that these are the character's words and they are right for them in the moment that they are in. This book is well worth reading, especially as a read aloud!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 16+

Not a book for a child!

This book has vulgar language in it and should not be read by kids. My daughters teacher knew about the language and did nothing. Thought it was a good "character building" book! Bull! Cursing is not allowed.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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