Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
This book records the actions of two boys during their first week of middle school. Joe is big for his age and suffers from a learning disability, and Ravi is a new boy from India who has a thick accent. They think they have nothing in common, but both are in need of a friend. They become united by a common enemy – the school bully.
When the class has a big assignment, they band together to outwit him. This book points out how faulty first impressions of people can be. Although the boys have differing experiences, points of view and distinct personalities – all this has little to do with being from different cultures.
This book is written by two authors who switch between the two boys each chapter. As readers peek into their home life, watch their families and see how everyone interacts, they get to know the characters as individuals instead of stereotypes.
When studying the bully, we even get a glimpse into the truth of Hanlon’s Razor. This law states that “We should never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” Sometimes people are afraid of what they don’t understand and confront those feelings with aggression.
“Prejudice is the child of ignorance.” – William Hazlitt
Read this book and you may discover, along with the boys, that we all have more similarities than we do differences.
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