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Sit Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—A collection of short stories comprised of 11 tales set in different countries. In each story, a child encounters some form of social injustice and overcomes it or finds a positive outcome through some action on their part, however small. Each chapter features and is named for a specific type of chair. In "The Singing Chair," Jafar, a child laborer in a chair factory, longs to go to school. He scratches a poem on the bottom of a chair being shipped out and feels emancipated ("With this chair, I am here."). In "The Questioning Chair," Gretchen visits the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum with her class. She sits on a hole in the middle of a long toilet and imagines what it must have been like for the prisoners of the concentration camp. She considers what her parents or grandparents might have done during the Holocaust. In "The Freedom Chair," Mike sits on the floor of his cell where he is serving time for a crime; he's in solitary confinement for 72 days. He relies on his own inner strength and the kindness of a stranger. Jed sits on a fence outside the Amish school where his sister was killed, Barry sits in a food court as his parents tell him they are separating, and Noosla sits in a crowded, stinking apartment in Uzbekistan, waiting for an unscrupulous smuggler to decide her fate. Every story is poignant and provocative. Ellis writes with deep compassion and intuitiveness. This book is ripe with discussable, debatable issues and thought-provoking questions. VERDICT An excellent addition for classrooms and libraries.—D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH
"Beautifully wrought, the collection will appeal to thoughtful readers who appreciate Ellis' other globally-aware works … An excellent choice for all collections." ― Booklist, starred review
"Ellis nimbly slips into the minds of her memorable characters … and her thought-provoking collection should spark wide-ranging discussions about choice and injustice." ― Publishers Weekly
"Every story is poignant and provocative. Ellis writes with deep compassion and intuitiveness." ― School Library Journal
"… the collection’s focus on the action―or, more appropriately, the inaction―of sitting places readers right next to each protagonist as they transition from physically and metaphorically staying still to moving on." ― Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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I have struggled the last few days as I’ve tried to come up with my review for this book. It was not a bad collection of stories. Quite the contrary actually; they were full of emotion and really grabbed my attention. But they were dark. And the majority of the adults within the stories struck me as being angry. Really angry.
When I initially picked up this collection, I was under the impression it was for young readers. After finishing it and experiencing the range of topics between the covers, I’d recommend it for slightly older readers; perhaps middle grade to adult. There are some tough topics within these stories, mostly alluded to as opposed to explicitly stated, but there nonetheless.
All of that being said, each story felt like it ended with a sense of hope. I appreciated that aspect, as it felt like a good balance to the negative feeling the adults of each story left me with. Ultimately, I would say this is a good choice for someone seeking a poignant reading experience, a set of stories that will really elicit an emotional response.
Sit is a powerful collection of stories, all connected by one theme: the ways we sit and observe the world. Author Deborah Ellis shares the experience of seven children as they try to understand the situations they find themselves in and the world at large. Each is faced with a choice: to continue to sit or to stand up and take action. I truly enjoyed this collection and found several ways in which older middle grade and young adults could connect and relate. Read on to hear what I loved, what I didn't enjoy, and my rating!
From issues like divorce to jail to refugees, each of these stories can spur a conversation or help a child feel like they are not alone in any difficult situation. Each chair is given a title, the "Knowing Chair", the "Hiding Chair", and the "Hope Chair," just to name a few, and each provides just a little bit of peace for the person who is sitting in it. The stories take place around the world in locations that are as familiar as a swing set or a mall food court to more diverse locations like a school tour of Auschwitz or a crowded apartment for refugees in Uzbekistan. While each story is very short (no more than 20 pages), they all provide the opportunity to learn more about the locations and discuss the themes with others.
Several of the topics and conversations are some that I would not consider suitable for the younger middle grade audience, even though it is solicited to that age range. The language and themes would be better suited for older middle grade (ages 12 and up) and the young adult readers.
My only qualm with these stories is the negative light in which the majority of the adults are painted. Not one understands the child in each story, nor do they attempt to do so. While it teaches readers to develop their own agency and to take charge of their fate, it doesn’t teach them to talk about these issues with the adults around them. If you are a parent or teacher reading along with your kiddos, this would be a great opportunity to talk about these ideas.
Ellis focuses on one significant moment in each character’s life, showing readers that every moment is a chance to make positive impact on their own lives. I highly recommend Sit and give each of its stories four out of five stars!
TL/DR: Seven stories all connected by the power to stand rather than sit. Great for readers that feel stuck in a situation.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
In every story, a chair in some form is a key feature. The chair appears in far away places, such as in India, where a young boy works in factory that makes chairs to the everyday "Time Out" chair.
Ellis revisits the first story at the end of her collection and includes a follow-up story with the young Indian boy.
Choose any story at random and enjoy !
Thank you GoodReads for the book.
Thank you to the KidLitExchange network for my review copy of Sit. All opinions are my own.
Deborah Ellis has done it again! I was very excited to read Sit, as The Breadwinner is one of my favorites. :)
Everyone sits. Whether it's a chair, bed, park bench, sofa, bus seat, etc. Often times when we are sitting, big things are going on in the world around us. We may be sitting when we hear the greatest news of our lives, or the saddest. We may be sitting when we are playing or when we are in trouble. Sitting is actually a big part of our lives. Ellis explores these seats and these events and writes about them in such a descriptive way.
Each chapter is a new story - a new seat, a new sitter, a new life event. And each one tugs at your heart in ways you would never imagine.