Same Sun Here

Same Sun Here

Paperback - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780763656843
Characteristics: 297 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vaswani, Neela 1974-


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Mar 15, 2018

If anyone has not read this book I say READ IT!! It's such an intriguing book and it shows how people think about others. If there are any teachers out there looking for a group read, this is the book. I learned so much that has changed my life. I really love this book. I wish they made a second one for it though.

Mar 20, 2016

Meena and River become pen pals, and quickly start telling each other their secrets. Meena is an immigrant from India, living in New York with her mother and brother. River lives in Kentucky with his grandmother and sick mother. The book is very political, with discussions of immigration, rent-control, mountaintop removal, and the 2008 election. The most powerful part of the book is the relationship that forms between the two as they both open up to each other. Written by two different authors, the writing is uneven. Meena’s chapters seem to capture a realistic voice more so than River’s chapters.

Mar 06, 2016

This book is amazing. I would read it again anytime.
I am 10 years old and this is now one of my favourite books.

Jul 14, 2014

i LOVE this book

grey_koukla Jun 18, 2013

This story is a breath of fresh air! It is a story of Meena, an Indian immigrant girl, living in NYC and River, the son of a coal miner residing in Kentucky. Over time, the pair realize that they have much in common and their friendship deepens through their letter writing. The writing is done beautifully by a brillant pair of authors-Silas House and Neela Vaswani. The novel is a gem!

BPLNextBestKids Nov 22, 2012

When Meena's family moved from India to New York City, she was left behind with her Dadi (grandmother) for nine years. It's not easy joining them after all that time but her favourite person is her older brother, Kiku. At school, they've chosen pen pals and hers is River, a boy who lives in Kentucky and his favourite human is Mamaw, his grandmother. Both children have fathers who work far from home. In their letters, they can each be their own true selves and share details about their daily lives, both the joys and sorrows. After River's best friend, Mark, is seriously injured as a result of a mining accident, River joins an anti-mining march with Mamaw. He speaks out against the problem, with unexpected results for both him and Meena. Reviewed by BPL volunteer LS.

m2 May 03, 2012

Great epistolary novel written by 2 writers of a correspondence between 2 pre-teens, one in NYC and one in Kentucky. Moving and thought-provoking. Marred only by the very OVER THE TOP ending in the Kentucky side of the story. I especially enjoyed learning about Indian immigrants from Meena. I will look for more books from Neela Vaswani. Ialso enjoyed The Whole Story of Half A Girl by Veera Hiranandani.

GPLKids Apr 17, 2012

This is a marvelous novel in two voices,an young Indian girl named Meena in New York City and an Appalachian boy named River in rural Kentucky. Their stories are told in a series of letters they exchange as pen-pals. Authentic interests and emotions color their shared experiences and readers will learn a great deal about two very different environments. Friendship is beautifully portrayed as something that grows over time and sustains us in difficult circumstances. Both boys and girls will enjoy reading Same Sun Here.


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Mar 22, 2013

And once, Dadi and I were walking to the river and we saw big crowds of purple flowers on the hillside. I asked Dadi their name, and she said, "They are wildflowers. They would not want a name."

Mar 22, 2013

I wonder why feeding pigeons is against the law but saying mean things about people isn't. That doesn't make any sense to me.


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lgalfano May 07, 2014

lgalfano thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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