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Cobb, Katie.
New York : HarperCollins, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 7.5
ISBN 0060289287
Why has Mrs. Delaney stopped teaching.  Sure, she shows up every day.  But she just doesn't teach the way she used to.  Instead of a dynamic AP English class, there are now just endless worksheets and little teacher involvement.  Kelsey Gene Blackwell and her classmates decide that something must be done.  The AP English test is coming up and the kids want to be prepared.  But what can a group of kids do?  The kids decide to hold a protest.  No more worksheets, no more homework, no more tests.  They will do no more work until Mrs. Delaney begins teaching the way she used to.  The first day goes as planned.  All the kids stare straight ahead and never touch the worksheets.  As the protest goes on, the kids realize that there is no easy fix for this situation.  Mrs. Delaney doesn't appear to be changing and now Kelsey and her friends are in big trouble at home.  Kelsey's brother Russ is acting very strange and Kelsey doesn't like what is happening.  Ever since her father died and her mother was committed, Russ has been her guardian.  She loves Russ and can't handle his disappointment.  But how can she back down now?  The protest has taken on a life of it's own.
SUBJECTS:     Teachers -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.


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