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    • Educating Esme

    • By: Esme Raji Codell
    • Narrated by: Esme Raji Codell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    We all have a lot to learn from the diary of a teacher named Esmé Raji Codell, an educator who has struggled to maintain individuality in the face of bureaucracy and whose defiant stand against mediocrity will reverberate in companies as well as classrooms everywhere.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent inspiration for educators....

    • By S. Connolly on 08-05-03

    Regular price: $13.27

    • Sahara Special

    • By: Esme Raji Codell
    • Narrated by: Phylicia Rashad
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    There are two files on Sahara Jones. The one the school counselor keeps is evidence that she is a fifth grader who needs special education. The other is the book Sahara is secretly writing, her Heart-Wrenching Life Story and Amazing Adventures.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Family Favorite

    • By Holly on 12-30-09

    Regular price: $14.60

    • Diary of a Fairy Godmother

    • By: Esme Raji Codell
    • Narrated by: Rachael Lillis
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    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. That's when she knows she has a problem.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good fun

    • By Alexis Whitney on 01-01-06

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Sing a Song of Tuna Fish

    • Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade
    • By: Esme Raji Codell
    • Narrated by: Esme Raji Codell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Esme 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.

    Regular price: $13.95

    • Vive la Paris

    • By: Esme Raji Codell
    • Narrated by: Tichina Arnold
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this companion to Saraha Special, a fifth-grader reveals what she has learned about life during a period in which she took piano lessons from a Holocaust survivor.

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Call Me Madame Esme

    • By: Esme Codell
    • Narrated by: Esme Codell
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    This is the diary of Esme Raji Codell, a first-year teacher at a Chicago public school. Codell describes the frustrations - incompetent administrators, abusive parents, gang members and, at times, her own insecurities - she encountered when she began her teaching career in this inner-city school and the unique ways she approached them. As Codell puts it, she has "Thirty-one children. Thirty-one chances. Thirty-one futures, our futures. Everything they become, I also become."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The BEST!

    • By Christine on 02-17-10

    Regular price: $1.95