Same Sun Here

House, Silas, 1971- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Same Sun Here

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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.
Authors: House, Silas, 1971-
Statement of Responsibility: Silas House and Neela Vaswani
Title: Same sun here
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. :, Candlewick Press,, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 297 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm.
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Report This Jun 18, 2013
  • grey_koukla rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

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.

Report This May 03, 2012
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

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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Report This Mar 22, 2013
  • nsolomyn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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."

Report This Mar 22, 2013
  • nsolomyn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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