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Save Me a Seat Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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Gr 3-6-The phrase "save me a seat" is a life preserver. Four words that can make a kid feel safe in a sea of strangers. The story is told from two different points of view: Ravi, who just moved from India, is adjusting to his new American life, and Joe, who has long been a student at Albert Einstein Elementary and is acclimating to a new grade without his best friends. Popular and cunning Dillon Samreen does not miss their vulnerabilities. As the only Indian students in the class, Ravi assumes that he and Dillon will be best friends, but Joe knows better. Like Joe, readers watch the slow, drawn-out torture in silence. That feeling of helplessness will be a powerful one for students to discuss. Through their struggles, Ravi and Joe will capture the hearts of readers and inspire fans to cheer for them just as loudly as they did for Auggie from R.J. Palacio's Wonder (Knopf, 2010) and Ally from Linda Mullaly Hunt's Fish in a Tree (Penguin, 2015). Exceptional extras include glossaries and recipes from both characters. A window for some readers and a mirror for others, this noteworthy book is highly recommended for middle grade collections. VERDICT Well-developed characters and original voices in this lunchroom drama will have readers devouring the book and begging for seconds.-Beth Parmer, New Albany Elementary Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
* "A novel treatment of a familiar situation delivered with fizz and aplomb." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Ravi comes a long way from where he was in the beginning, and Joe discovers that it is possible to stick up for himself without fundamentally changing who he is. I gained a whole new level of respect for Joe when he stood up to his father, and I felt a nervous agony as I read through Ravi's acclimation struggles, particularly those relating Dillon. I'd say that Dillon was the most one-dimensional character in the whole book, the classic unredeemable villain. All around him though, characters showed depth and wavering loyalties. Even his followers were only loyal to a certain extant.
In summation, two fully realized main characters and a satisfying plot tells me this book was a winner. Worth the read!
There are a few words I wouldn't want my kids to say--like "heck"--but none of the really bad ones.
The cover is very attractive, too.
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Ravi is having trouble coming from India. Joe has something called APD and is having trouble in school.Read more