Esme Raji Codell

Esme Raji Codell is the author of the acclaimed novels Sahara Special and Vive La Paris, winner of the IRA Children’s Book Award for Intermediate Fiction, and a Kirkus Editors’ Choice. She is also the author of a memoir for young readers, Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade. A former teacher, bookseller, and children’s librarian, she lives with her husband and son in Chicago.

 

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Author: Esme Raji Codell | Narrator: Tichina Arnold
Release Date: March 11, 2008
Paris has just come for piano lessons, not chopped-liver sandwiches or French lessons or free advice. But when old Mrs. Rosen gives her a little bit more than she can handle, it might be just what Paris needs in order to understand the bully in her brother’s life .
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Author: Esme Raji Codell | Narrator: Rachael Lillis
Release Date: June 14, 2005
Hunky Dory's mother always told her, “You'll be the wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow." And why not. She's at the top of her class in charm school. She can make flowers wilt like wet spaghetti. And she can turn any prince into a frog–but she always changes him back.
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Author: Esme Raji Codell | Narrator: Esme Raji Codell
Release Date: January 11, 2005
Esmé tells us about the night she and her mother became "egg vigilantes" against an illegally parked car; her freewheeling first school, where kids sat on sofas instead of at desks and could choose disco dancing instead of math; her dangerous neighborhood, which her father made seem friendly and wondrous; the Passover dinner when she stole a matzoh right out from under a rabbi; the awe-inspiring, life-threatening Chicago snowstorms; and lessons about love from tea-reading gypsies and Popeye cartoons.
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Author: Esme Raji Codell | Narrator: Phylicia Rashad
Release Date: July 22, 2003
There are two files on Sahara Jones. The one the school counselor keeps is evidence that she's a fifth grader who needs special education. The other is the book Sahara is secretly writing, her Heart-Wrenching Life Story and Amazing Adventures.

The latest chapter in her book unfolds when her mother insists that she be taken out of special ed.
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