A Place at the Table by Laura Shovan audiobook

A Place at the Table

By Saadia Faruqi  and Laura Shovan
Read by Nikhaar Kishani  and Caitlin Kelly

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HMH Audio 9780358116684
7.62 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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A timely, accessible, and beautifully written story exploring themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong, featuring sixth graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara’s mom. Sixth graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. Sara is at a new school that is completely unlike the small Islamic school she used to attend. Elizabeth has her own problems: her British mum has been struggling with depression. The girls meet in an after-school South Asian cooking class, which Elizabeth takes because her mom has stopped cooking, and which Sara, who hates to cook, is forced to attend because her mother is the teacher. The girls form a shaky alliance that gradually deepens, and they make plans to create the most amazing, mouth-watering cross-cultural dish together and win a spot on a local food show. They make good cooking partners . . . but can they learn to trust each other enough to become true friends?   

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Summary

Summary

A timely, accessible, and beautifully written story exploring themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong, featuring sixth graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara’s mom.

Sixth graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. Sara is at a new school that is completely unlike the small Islamic school she used to attend. Elizabeth has her own problems: her British mum has been struggling with depression. The girls meet in an after-school South Asian cooking class, which Elizabeth takes because her mom has stopped cooking, and which Sara, who hates to cook, is forced to attend because her mother is the teacher. The girls form a shaky alliance that gradually deepens, and they make plans to create the most amazing, mouth-watering cross-cultural dish together and win a spot on a local food show. They make good cooking partners . . . but can they learn to trust each other enough to become true friends? 

 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A Place at the Table is a sensitive and honest book about friendship, family, cultural, and racial identity…Faruqi and Shovan skillfully handle these complex topics with nuance, humor, and a joyful culinary appreciation.” Veera Hiranandani, author of The Night Diary
“This warm middle-grade novel explores the lives of first-generation immigrants and the definition of what it really means to be an American.” Teen Vogue
“The authors elegantly interweave issues of racism, financial insecurity, and mental illness into a familiar middle school narrative of identity formation. Sara’s character is particularly well drawn…This tale of a diverse friendship tackles hard topics.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Laura Shovan

Author Bio: Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan’s debut middle-grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was a NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the year, and won a Cybils Award for poetry, among other recognition. She lives with her family in Maryland, where she is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.

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Author Bio: Saadia Faruqi

Author Bio: Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist, and interfaith activist. Her book Meet Yasmin! received starred reviews, and she is also author of the adult fiction book Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. She lives with her husband and children in Houston, Texas, where she is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry, and prose.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Religious
Runtime: 7.62
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English