Book Review: “Save Me a Seat” by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan


It’s the first week of school at Albert Einstein Elementary School in Hamilton, New Jersey.

Ravi is new to school, he just moved from Bangalore, India and assumes he will have no trouble keeping up at Einstein Elementary. He assumes he will befriend the most popular boy in the class, Dillon. Afterall, Ravi is a star cricketer and three-time winner of the Math Olympiad. Ravi will soon learn that assumptions are often wrong.

Joe is much bigger than the rest of his classmates, even some of his teachers. He’s a quiet boy who loves to eat, A LOT. Unfortunately, Joe is not looking forward to a heaping helping of harassment from the class bully, Dillon.

The power of perspective is on full display in this fantastic read. Tackling topics of  friendship, culture, fitting in, standing out, and of course, lunch, makes this a book worth recommending to any 4th, 5th grade or middle school readers.

Written by: Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Published by: Scholastic Press
On Sale: May 10, 2016 (Hardcover)
Grade Level: 4-7

Reviewed by Paul Orsino

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