Sunday, June 25, 2017

Walking and Listening to "Save Me A Seat"

Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Scholastic Audio
3 hours and 58 minutes
2016
Narrators Josh Hurley and Vikas Adams

This is the type of audio book that stays with you. While I finished listening to this book a little over a week ago, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I had an amazing discussion with the student, Kate, who recommended the book to me which brought up even more thoughts and feelings.

Told via alternating chapters, we meet Ravi who has just moved to town from India and Joe who has lived there his entire life. Both boys are starting fifth grade in the same situation, friendless and misunderstood. However their attitudes about it are completely different.  Ravi has always thrived at school and thinks he will fit in no problem, he's smart and eager to make friends. Joe dreads it because he is bullied, has an auditory processing disorder and his mom has begun working in the cafeteria. While Joe and Ravi sit next to each other in class, they don't hit it off. If only these two boys would talk to each other they would discover they have a lot more in common than they realize.

Side note: While it is rare for me to hate a book character, I found myself beyond hating Dillon. Yes, I get that this is what good writing is, but I just wanted to call his mother and scream at her. Kate didn't like him either and hated how he tricked Ravi into eating meat. She told me that calling his mother wouldn't make a difference because his mother was probably the same way and gave an example. Kids are seriously amazing.

Josh Hurley and Vikas Adams do a phenomenal job narrating this story. Every single character, no matter who they are, has their own very distinct and unique voice. You hear all the excitement, joy, humiliation, disappointment, sadness, shyness that the characters are feeling, but they do such an amazing job expressing those that you feel those emotions too. There is truly not one thing I would do to improve upon this narration. You have got to listen to this story.

The rock walls surrounding our school campus are covered in night blooming cereus. They are just stunning. Too bad they don't even last 24 hours.

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