I will be doing novel reviews every Friday. If the novel sounds interesting to you, go to the library on the weekend and start reading. I drive far too much, and have found audiobooks helps me maintain my sanity in traffic. If you have a book you’ve been wanting to read, let me know. I’ll add it my audiobooks if I can and then review it for you.
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks.
I downloaded this audiobook because I thought it was an education-based, nonfiction book. After listening to Tina Fey’s and Amy Poehler’s autobiographies (which are amazing as audiobooks!), I was on the hunt for stories based in reality. Save Me a Seat is NOT nonfiction, but still absolutely adorable and amazing for young kids.
Save Me a Sit focuses on two boys in the 5th grade. Joe appears to have a learning disability and gets picked on by the class clown. Ravi is new to his class, new to America, and thinks the class clown can be his best friend. As they go through the challenges of starting fifth grade, they realize that first impressions can be misleading and you can’t really know a person unless you get to know them. It’s a wonderful story of friendship, growing up, appreciating your roots, and finding yourself at a young age.
There are studies that show reading novels helps develop empathy. This is a prime example of showing our children how to better relate to others.