Save Me a Seat
by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
Grades 3 & up
It is a rough first week of fifth grade for both Ravi and Joe — partly for different reasons, and partly for the same reason, a bully named Dillon. Told in alternating perspectives, we watch the events of the week unfold and see how assumptions made too quickly are often wrong. Ravi has just moved to New Jersey from India. He was quite popular and top of his class at his school in Bangalore, and had expected to be the same at his new school. He also assumed that Dillon, the only other Indian student in his class, would want to be his friend. But things are quite different in New Jersey. Joe, on the other hand, knows how mean Dillon is. Joe has Auditory Processing Disorder, and while quite smart, has difficulties with the noise surrounding the average school day. Dillon takes advantage of this, making Joe’s life miserable. This is a quick read and will draw students in from the start. I really enjoyed the glossary at the end, which provided explanations of terms used by both Ravi and Joe. Highly recommended for grades 3 & up.
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