Sarah Weeks, Gita Varadarajan
Scholastic Press, 2016
Audience: Children, Younger Teens
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.
What a wonderful book to teach children and teens about cultural differences and bullying. I think this will be nominated for awards. At least, I hope it will. Save Me a Seat isn’t a story about two friends - it’s about HOW two people BECOME friends. Both main characters grew significantly throughout the book, and it was wonderful to see. It also had some pretty hilarious parts, too. Loved it!