Same Sun Here
Title: Same Sun Here
Author: Silas House,Neela Vaswani
The daughter of Indian immigrants living in New York City and the son of a Kentucky coal miner become pen pals. It was refreshing to read this story written in letters, and lovely to watch a long-distance friendship evolve. Addressing cultural stereotypes, family issues, and the joys of being a tweenager, this story packs many great life lessons into one little book.
-Liz at the Gaines Township branch
Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner s son. The unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts on their lives and, as their friendship deepens, on larger issues such as activism, immigration, racism, and prejudice. Meena s family studies for citizenship exams, faces harassment by a landlord, and experiences the death of Meena s grandmother in India, while River s town faces devastating mountaintop removal, propelling him into a protest march and confrontation with the governor. This glimpse into the lives of two very different youths who find common ground in their everyday lives makes bold statements about cultural misconceptions, the power and powerlessness of the individual and community, and the great value of being and having a friend.