Mal's thrilled with the subject of the new Short Takes class: Children's Literature, her favorite! But when the course begins, she couldn't be more disappointed. It's all discussion and no writing, which she hates. When she does raise her hand, the teacher, Mr. Cobb, ignores her.
It doesn't seem possible, but before long, Mal is certain: Mr. Cobb is favoring the boys. Mal knows that's wrong. It's not fair to her or any of the other girls. But is Mal brave enough to stand up for her rights?
"Mallory is delighted when the subject of the new Short Takes class turns out to be children's literature, but she is bitterly disappointed by the new young teacher, Mr. Cobb, who unintentionally favors the boys in the class, until Mallory decides to stand up for her rights."
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
In Don’t Give Up, Mallory, Mallory gets to take a class in children’s literature, and she is very excited about it at first. I can see why. I have always loved children’s books. I loved my own when I was a child, and even now I am always discovering new favorites. I like to browse in bookstores and libraries, and find interesting new books as well as stories I enjoyed when I was little.
On my shelves are lots of the books I had when I was a child. They are well loved, and well read. I’m looking at the bookshelves in my office now and I can see my copies of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang, Misty of Chincoteague, Blueberries for Sal, Pippi Longstocking, Beady Bear, and lots of others.
One of the exciting things for me about being an author is getting to meet other authors. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to meet Judy Blume, Madeleine L’Engle, and R.L. Stine, among others. And one of my closest friends is Paula Danziger. In fact, we’re writing a book together now. Books and reading have always been an important part of my life — just as they are for Mallory.