Minnie McClary and her family have just moved to Mojave, and in this new school where she doesn't have any friends, and this new town where her whole family acts like a bunch of strangers, Minnie doesn't even know who she is anymore. Then Miss Marks takes over Minnie's language arts class. Through private journal entries and open classroom conversations, she encourages students to ask questions and think critically about everything. Minnie is inspired, but some people in town wonder just what, exactly, Miss Marks is teaching. When a group of angry parents demands the teacher's suspension, Minnie finds herself asking a lot of questions--and figuring out what she has the power to change.
A little dog named Oliver is pushing his nose along an icy sidewalk searching for his lost mistress, or at least something to eat. No matter how hard he looks he cant find either one, but he does see a girl with round blue eyes and a golden locket. The girl calls him Lucky.
And perhaps Lucky is the right name after all, for the little dog soon helps Maggie find a wonderful home of her own—and one for him, too.
"Real and poignant" --Kirkus Starred Review
Young Adult (12 and up) romance and mystery, published to starred reviews and a Flying Start award by Publisher's Weekly.
At turns, heart-wrenching and hilarious, (this novel) introduces readers to an unforgettable and surprising young woman who manages to break free of an abusive relationship and find True Strength and her "self of steam".