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Save me a seat, Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Label
Save me a seat
Title
Save me a seat
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems--but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives
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Review
  • Grades 4-6 Ravi and Joe would seem at first glance to be opposites. One is from India and new at school, small and smart; the other is a native New Jersey boy, tall and suffering from auditory processing disorder—too much stimulation and noise unduly distracts him. But what Ravi and Joe have in common are caring families, moms who cook them special food, and an appreciation for the book Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis, which they are reading for class. They also share a bully, though Ravi doesn’t know it yet. He thinks Dillon, an Indian American boy in his class, will automatically like him and be his friend. Joe, Ravi thinks, is slow and clumsy, and he resents it when their teacher thinks he needs remedial help like Joe. A humiliating experience brings the two together, and their mutual empathy as outsiders seems to bode well for a future friendship. The popular Weeks teams with new author Varadarajan for a book that features tandem chapters narrated alternately by Ravi and Joe. Readers will readily recognize the familiar world of school cliques and social problems, and be pleased with the story’s outcome. -- Cruze, Karen (Reviewed 4/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 15, p73)
  • 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, OH --Beth Parmer (Reviewed 03/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 3, p140)
  • An immigrant boy and a long-bullied American kid learn that things aren’t always as they seem in this engrossing and poignant tale from Weeks (Honey) and newcomer Varadarajan. Fifth grader Ravi was a star student back in India, but in New Jersey, his classmates can’t understand his accented English, and his freshly-pressed clothes and homemade curry lunches mark him as different. For Joe, who has Auditory Processing Disorder (“My brain and noise don’t get along”), school has become an ordeal, mostly because the most popular boy in class bullies him at every opportunity. Ravi and Joe’s stories span a single week, with alternating narratives revealing their different perspectives of the same events. Joe’s suffering is acutely felt, especially when his mother displays embarrassing gestures of affection for all to see. As Ravi’s confidence slowly erodes, he begins to question who he is and where he belongs. Anyone who has ever felt like an outsider will appreciate and draw strength from Ravi and Joe as they strive to find the courage to improve their lives. Ages 8–12. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 02/22/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 08, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A refreshing spin on a story about fitting in and overcoming obstacles features two viewpoints written by two authors. Just arrived from Bangalore, Ravi Suryanarayanan is eager to make friends at his new American school. When he spots Dillon Samreen, a popular, cool classmate with swoopy bangs and a big smile, Ravi believes the two could become great friends. Even if Dillon is an ABCD—American-Born Confused Desi—another name for U.S.-born children of Indian immigrants, Ravi believes catching Dillon's attention will take him from the lame table in the cafeteria to where the popular kids eat. Meanwhile, all white Joe Sylvester wants is not to catch the attention of Dillon Samreen. Joe is large and awkward and completely aware of how Dillon can smile at you one minute then torture you forever and ever. When Ravi, Joe, and Dillon wind up in Mrs. Beam's class, the trio are on a collision course that will end with the unlikeliest of friendships. Veteran Weeks pairs with newcomer Varadarajan for this tale told in Ravi's and Joe's alternating first-person narrations. Varadarajan's voice offers an authenticity and liveliness that perfectly pairs with Weeks' realistic, quietly poignant style. Using the daily school-lunch schedule as a structural device, the authors bring alive a humdrum, ordinary routine, making it crackle with emotion and humor. Glossaries of Hindi and American terms and two recipes round out the book. A novel treatment of a familiar situation delivered with fizz and aplomb. (Fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10515929
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weeks, Sarah
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • Fic
Index
no index present
Intended audience
780L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Varadarajan, Gita
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • East Indians
  • Immigrants
  • Adjustment (Psychology)
  • Learning disabled children
  • Bullying
  • Friendship
  • Elementary schools
  • East Indians
  • Learning disabilities
  • Bullying
  • Friendship
  • Schools
  • Adjustment (Psychology)
  • Bullying
  • East Indians
  • Elementary schools
  • Friendship
  • Immigrants
  • Learning disabled children
  • United States
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Save me a seat, Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1577522
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9780545846608
Lccn
2015048831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545846608
  • (OCoLC)922911164
Label
Save me a seat, Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1577522
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9780545846608
Lccn
2015048831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545846608
  • (OCoLC)922911164

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