Save Me A Seat

Save Me A Seat

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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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.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545846608
Branch Call Number: J FIC Weeks
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Varadarajan, Gita - Author


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Sep 22, 2020

For 2nd or 3rd grade

ArapahoeStaff1 Jul 13, 2017

This was a great tween story about two boys at one school, each dealing with their own issues who learn to rely on one another. There is great insight into what it's like to come from a different country as well as what it's like to have a disability, and the bullying that goes along with it.

ArapahoeSusan Jun 14, 2017

"Winning is not always about shining the brightest. Sometimes it's about sharing the light with someone who has been waiting in the shadows all along."

JCLLeslieN Feb 27, 2017

This is a great book to get a better understanding of the immigrant experience. Ravi was the top of his class and very popular at his school in India. In his new school in America he is a target of bullying because he dresses differently, eats different food, and has a strong accent. He first assumed the most popular boy in school would be his best friend, especially since he is also of Indian descent (although born in America). The story is also told from the perspective of a white boy who is also a target due to his unusually large stature and a learning disability. Lots of opportunities here to get a better understanding of what it feels like to be different and how friendships can come from those you least expect.

Jan 04, 2017

This book gives you a quick one-week snapshot into two student's life. Joe is a boy that simply has problems processing sound. Ravi is an Indian boy struggling to adjust. It was very clever because you got to see two sides of the same situations in class. I love seeing how the boys interacted with their families and talked to them about their difficulties. Easy quick read that any immigrant student would dive into and relate to. It also will help students to have more empathy for ones that are different. It really hammered the point home not to assume about anyone because that's simply not fair. A good solid choice that I would highly recommend for 3rd 4th and 5th grade.

multcolib_susannel Jun 27, 2016

Alternating chapters tell the story of Joe and Ravi who are both bullied by the same student.

Jun 22, 2016

Ravi is a new American who is misunderstood by his teachers and teased by his peers for his accent and his overally formal ways. Joe has Auditory Processing Disorder and is misunderstood and teased as well. The two narratives are linked by their interactions with the class bully and being in the Resource room for kids with special needs.

While I'm sure that kids could benefit from empathizing with Ravi and Joe, this book was really disappointing to me. I think mostly because there is a gigantic build-up of a friendship between the two protagonists that are both being bullied by the same villain that never really realizes its full potential.

The second major weakness is character development. While Ravi and Joe seem to have authentic voices and are well-fleshed out, the adults in the book are just outright clueless and the villain in the book is cheesy and unbelievable.

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