Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Weeks, Sarah. SAVE ME A SEAT

Weeks, Sarah.  
New York : Scholastic, 2016

Ravi Suryanarayanan is a rock star among elementary students… or, at least he was back home in India. He excels at math, English, and sports- especially cricket. He knows the proper way to address teachers, and brings a shiny tiffin box full of savory homemade curry for lunch every day. But now that he’s at school in New Jersey, nothing he does seems to be working out right. His teacher can’t pronounce his FIRST name right, never mind his last, he gets laughed at for standing to answer questions, and nobody seems to be able to understand his English, even though he’s been speaking it since he was small. His lone bright spot at school is the only other Indian boy, Dillon Samreen, who is also the most popular boy in class. Ravi is certain they will be best friends. Joe knows better. Joe has been at Albert Einstein Elementary School his whole life, and he knows that Dillon Samreen is trouble. Up until this year, Joe had two best friends, but they’ve moved away, and now Joe is alone to deal with Dillon’s bullying. His bright spot is getting time out of class with Miss Frost, who helps him with his lessons. Now, Joe shares his time with Miss Frost with Ravi, who does not seem to appreciate it, or to be picking up what a bully Dillon is. As Joe watches, Ravi is soon taking his place as Dillon’s favorite target. Is there anything Joe can do to help him, or himself? Both Joe and Ravi will need to look at things differently to make things better, together.  
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 
Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/U5UyfePUVY5OB

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