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Saraswati's Way by Monika Schroder


Book Summary

Akash is gifted with numbers, but his local teacher is unable to teach him any more advanced math. He could learn more if he attended a school in Delhi, but his family needs him to work in the fields.
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Saraswati's Way

Book Review

The message in this book is fairly simple, and the vocabulary is a good fit for fourth and fifth graders, but some of the mature content is a miss for that age group. The author lives in India and the book offers a window to some of its traditions and culture for Western readers. It is somewhat similar to Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth, although that one had a more satisfying ending. Books about characters with strong math skills and perseverance are to be encouraged, but the story is more disappointing than uplifting.

Note for advanced readers: some mature content

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Education
  • People in poverty
  • Family Values
  • Determination
  • India - Delhi
  • Students who are good at math

Discussion Questions for this book:

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