Recommended for Readers
in Grades 5 and up
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.
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.
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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