FollettBound Glued Candlewick Press, 2013
Price: USD 16.51
Description: 297 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Middle School; Reading Level: 5.2
AR 5.2 MG 9 150734EN; LEX 890L; F&P W
From the publisher: Grades 4-7; Ages 9-12
From Booklist: Grades 5-8; Kirkus: Ages 9-13; PW: Ages 9-up; SLJ: Gr 4-7


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Product Overview
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A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2013
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: First paperback edition.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 297 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Tracings: Vaswani, Neela, 1974- author.
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-99516-2 (originally 0-7636-6451-0)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-99516-4 (originally 978-0-7636-6451-0)
  • Follett Number: 0536MK1
  • Reading Level: 5.2
  • Audience: Middle School
  • Grades: 4-7
  • Ages: 9-12
  • Booklist: Grades 5-8
  • Kirkus: Ages 9-13
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 9-up
  • School Library Journal: Gr 4-7
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.2
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 9
  • AR Quiz: 150734EN
  • Lexile: 890L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: W

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 03/01/12
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 04/01/12
  • Horn Book Magazine, 11/01/12
  • Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/12
  • Library Media Connection, 08/01/12
  • Parents' Choice Gold Award, 2012
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 12/19/11
  • School Library Journal starred, 04/01/12
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 04/01/12

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (March 1, 2012 (Vol. 108, No. 13))
Grades 5-8. Written by two authors, this epistolary novel about two pen pals combines two richly detailed, separate stories while showing the essential connections shared between the young people. Born in India, Meena, 12, lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Chinatown, New York. While preparing for the citizenship exam, her mother works as a nanny, and her father searches for work elsewhere, only returning home one weekend a month. In rural Kentucky, River, 12, faces hardship when his coal-miner father loses his job and has to move far away, and his depressed mother barely gets out of bed. His support is Mamaw, his half-Cherokee grandmother, who is a passionate local environmental activist. Through e-mails, and occasional snail mails, both kids help each other through painful family tensions and struggles, and both suffer community prejudice as “hillbillies and immigrants looking for a handout.” Readers will be held by the kids’ challenges, along with the warm bond they share.

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