Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Ravi is the new kid in Mrs. Beam’s fifth grade class. His family just moved from India, and he can’t wait to impress the American kids with his perfect English and math skills. But that’s not how it turns out. His teacher has trouble understanding his accent and even suggests he needs remedial help! The other kids laugh at him, even Dillon Samreen, whom he thought would be a friend. Joe, on the other hand, is dreading fifth grade. Bigger than most adults, Joe also has auditory processing disorder, which makes it difficult for him to function in the loud classroom. He’s so used to being picked on, especially by Dillon, that going to the resource room is his second favorite part of the day—after lunch, that is. These two seem to have nothing in common. In fact, they both assume the worst about each other. Can two kids on the outside, misunderstood and bullied, team up to help each other and show the world who they really are?
Recommended for fifth grade and up.
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