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Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.
Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.
Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.
Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common -- but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Weeks was born and raised in the United States. She is the author of numerous award-winning novels, including Save Me a Seat with Gita Varadarajan, Honey, Pie, So B. It, Oggie Cooder, and Oggie Cooder: Party Animal. She lives in New York and teaches in the MFA program at the New School in New York City. She can be found on the web at sarahweeks.com.
Gita Varadarajan was born and raised in India. She has worked with children all over the world, and now teaches second grade in Princeton, New Jersey. Save Me a Seat, written with Sarah Weeks, is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was just such a good book. The way it was written and what was happening throughout the story was great. I also liked how the book was written in more than one perspective. (I kind of explained this a little weird so sorry to anyone who reads it.)
What do you do when no one sees the real you? In Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, two very different fifth graders struggle with this same problem. This realistic fiction book tells the story of how their lives intersect for better or worse. The two main characters, Joe and Ravi, live two completely different lives. Joe has lived in his New Jersey home his whole life and his mourning the loss of his two best friends who recently moved away. Now Joe sits by himself in the cafeteria, considered "weird" because he doesn't like too much noise and tends to keep to himself. Ravi, on the other hand, just arrived from India and is eager to make new friends at his new school. Both students, however, capture the attention of a popular kid at school who makes their lives miserable. They must figure out how to survive and thrive together even though they don't really even know each other yet. Although realistic fiction is not my favorite genre, I enjoyed this book. One aspect I liked is that the story is told from alternating perspectives. Joe and Ravi take turns narrating the chapters. This allowed me to "see" events from two different points of view. It also gave me more of a glimpse into their distinct personalities and family lives. In addition, I thought the authors made a clever choice in breaking the book into five parts, each a day of the week and that day's school menu item. Another positive was that the characters, Joe especially, sounded "real" to me. On page 99 he thinks, "When I was a little kid, if I fell down and skinned my knee, my mom would kiss it to make it better. I thought it was magic. But I'm not a little kid and I don't believe in magic anymore." As a reader, I could connect with Joe's thoughts. He sounds disillusioned, but he also just sounds like a normal kid. In my opinion, the authors created a memorable, realistic story with its own unique twists. I would recommend Save Me a Seat to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, even for a minute. Not only will you relate to the story, but you might even understand a classmate a little better too. Plus, you need to find out what happens to Joe and Ravi- and who ends up saving whom a seat.
This novel is not complicated, the story is not deep but the issue that it touches on, is huge. Joe knows what it is like to attend Albert Einstein Elementary School but Ravi is new and from the minute that he walks into the fifth grade classroom, Dillon and his buddies have their eyes set on him. Joe has been bullied by Dillon and his boys and now Ravi is the target. An intelligent, gifted student from India, Ravi believes that his new American peers will be impressed with his superiority. I had to laugh a few times as Ravi internally builds with excitement; he visually imagines how his peers will react as he perfectly performs his school work in front of them. When able to execute this school work for them, what he imaged would occur and what actually occurs does not always match leaving Ravi dealing with some difficult emotions. I thought one of the funniest things about this novel was the fact that Ravi wanted Dillon’s attention and he wanted to be friends with him. He didn’t realize what type of person Dillon was. He tries so hard to be in Dillon’s range of sight and it isn’t until later that he realizes that maybe he should be doing something else. Joe on the other hand, was quiet and was keeping his distance from Dillon and was glad that Ravi was the fresh meat in the classroom. I was angry at the teacher for she had to have known what type of person Dillon was, for he had this personality last year. Her classroom begins to get lively and I wanted her to get involved in what was occurring. I didn’t expect her to point fingers but she had to notice, didn’t she? I knew what I wanted the characters to do but they each had their own agenda. Ravi’s past comes into play as he navigates around his new peers and tries to find where to fit in. Joe has been under Dillon’s radar and knows everything about Dillon, can the two boys help each other? I liked the way that the novel wasn’t complicated. It wasn’t filled with other stories or lives of people who didn’t matter; it dealt with the individuals whose lives were being affected. It’s an easy read and it’s fast and straight to the point. I believe that many upper elementary and middle school student will enjoy this novel for its plot and for its structure.