Ideas for Learners Promoting Literacy, Inquiry, and Meaningful Learning Experiences
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Book Summary

This book has alternating chapters from two different viewpoints: a struggling, but observant student and a new, trying-to-fit-in-but-arrogant student from India.
Save Me a Seat book cover
Save Me a Seat

Book Review

There are many things that work well in this book, including an important message about looking carefully at people before judging them, and being open-minded about differences. There's a strong anti-bullying message and an interesting character contrast. It is apparent that this story was written with a teaching purpose; it's not as genuine a story as it could be. However, it works as a mentor text because it has so many teaching features, including the exploration of point of view, and the explicit work with defined themes.

Topics and Themes for this book:


  • School Relationships; Popularity; Social Issues
  • Finding Your Voice; Self-Confidence
  • Being New to School; Missing Friends who Move Away
  • Being Open-Minded; Taking Time to Get to Know People

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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