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Same Sun Here

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In this extraordinary novel in letters, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.

Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City’s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner’s son. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River’s town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun.

From School Library Journal


Age: 9 and up
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Author: Silas House (Author), Neela Vaswani (Author), Hilary Schwenker (Illustrator)
Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7 inches
ISBN-13: 978-0763664510

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Highly recommended for 4th grade readers and up

My 3rd grader read this book but I am recommending for 4th grade and up just based upon some of the topics that are discussed in the book. Some of the characters discuss racism, dating at a young age, keeping secrets from parents, parent relationships, family finances, and just everyday hard choices that families need to make - I just think that a lot of third graders may not know what to do with all of this information. My daughter and I had a lot of great discussions based on these topics though and so for a kid who is ready, I'd say dive in! It was a different format than my daughter is accustomed to as the story is told by way of the two main characters exchanging letters (they are penpals), my daughter really enjoyed this and wants to read more books like it!

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