A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table

Sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl meet when they take a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara?s mom. Sixth-graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. Sara is at a new school that is huge and completely unlike the small Islamic school she used to attend. Elizabeth has her own problems: her British mum has been strug Sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl meet when they take a South Asian coo...

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Title:A Place at the Table
Author:Saadia Faruqi
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0358116686
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

A Place at the Table Reviews

  • Mary Lee
    Dec 19, 2020
    I'm so glad this book exists in our world! There is so much about it that is fun, and so much that is important. I loved both characters as individuals, and I loved seeing their friendship work its way past the rocky parts to the steady parts. Plus...the FOOD! I'm so glad this ...
  • Margaret
    Aug 20, 2020
    5/5 A Place at the Table, by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan, is a middle-grades novel written in two voices. Both narrators are sixth grade girls. First, Sara Hameed is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants. She had attended a small, private Muslim school where she felt very comfort...
  • Ms Threlkeld
    Mar 01, 2020
    Can?t think of a single thing I would change. Loved both of the main characters and how authentic their experiences felt. ...
  • Debbie
    Nov 19, 2019
    Would work well in a book discussion group, especially if it included cooking. Advanced Reader Copy ...
  • Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
    May 14, 2020
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I was just saying on Twitter that I was craving a rivals to friends story that's like The Great British Baking Show and then an ARC of this book practically fell into my lap. A PLACE AT THE TABLE is a middle grade ...
  • Steph
    Sep 05, 2020
    ?A Place at the Table by @LauraShovan & @SaadiaFaruqi reminds us showing bravery and honesty in our friendships can lead to change in the best way. Give yourself the gift of reading this dual narrative story rich in family, culture, food, family, & friendships. #mglit ? ...
  • Laura Mossa
    Dec 21, 2019
    I finished reading A Place at the Table before the New Year so I did not include it on my official #mustreadin2020 list, but this novel, beautifully co-written by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan is truly one you do not want to miss. ?Navigating middle school is challenging for sixt...
  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    Feb 07, 2020
    Thank you to Saadia Faruqi, Laura Shovan, Clarion books and Edelwiese+ for making it possible to read a digital ARC of this book. Saadia Farugi and Laura Shovan provide alternating stories of Sara and Elizabeth, two girls that are vastly different than one another but discover they ...
  • Stephanie
    Jan 17, 2020
    A Place At The Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan Bespectacled, nerdy, half-Jewish-half-Brittish Elizabeth and dark-haired, artistic, Muslim, Pakistani-American Sara may not realize it at first but they have a lot in common. Both have mothers who are immigrants studying for the...
  • Sara Magnafichi
    Feb 02, 2020
    It has been a true honor to be able to read an advanced copy of this beautiful story, provided to #collabookation by one of the co-author's, Laura Shovan. Publish date is May 12, 2020. This book is an #OwnVoices novel, geared towards ages 10-12, but can definitely go higher than t...
  • Michele Knott
    Nov 29, 2020
    I really enjoyed the dual voices and the way both girls brought things that concerned them to the discussion. These feelings of being different because of religion or family money issues or cultural differences or mental health reasons, should be talked about instead of being hushed. B...
  • Kathie
    Dec 17, 2019
    I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this story told in two different voices. Sara is Pakistani-American, and her mother is teaching a South Asian cooking class after school that she attends. Elizabeth is British-American and attends the class with the hope of learning how to make better meals for her...
  • Erin Varley
    Dec 21, 2019
    Thank you to Laura Shovan, Saadia Faruqi, and Clarion Books for sharing an ARC with #bookexpedition. This book has my whole heart. Told in alternating points of view, sixth graders Sara and Elizabeth are each in need of a friend. Both girls are struggling with complicated home live...
  • Aliza Werner
    Dec 03, 2019
    I was enormously lucky to read an early version of this book. The story is told in two voices in alternating chapters, between Elizabeth (Jewish) and Sara (Muslim), whose families are from different religious and cultural backgrounds. The representation is accurate, co-written by two #...
  • mindful.librarian ☀️
    Oct 26, 2020
    Fantastic and unique middle grade. Sweet spot is grades 4-6. ...
  • Katie Reilley
    Feb 20, 2020
    Thank you to Saadia Faruqi, Laura Shovan and Clarion books for sharing an early copy with #bookexpedition. Told in alternating points of view, this middle grade novel shares the stories of Elizabeth and Sara, two sixth graders who need a friend. The girls are from different culture...
  • Shaye Miller
    Oct 26, 2020
    I'm grateful for this book, told in alternating voices of two sixth grade girls -- one who is Pakistani American and the other being Jewish. While they each have different levels of privilege, it's clear that Sara and Elizabeth share some important struggles. For example, bot...
  • Sedley Abercrombie
    Aug 15, 2020
    Faruqi and Shovan tag-team in this sweet novel about two middle school girls that strike an unlikely friendship. This book skillfully addresses racism, immigration, mental health and bullying from the point of view of the oppressed - in this case, two daughters of immigrants, Sara and ...
  • Jenn Bishop
    Aug 25, 2020
    One of those books that you just want to hug by the end. It was such a joy, getting the POVs of both Sara and Elizabeth as they get to know one another and find out how much they have in common. Their struggles will be familiar to many middle schoolers -- whether it's fitting in a...
  • Laura Shovan
    Jul 24, 2019
    Saadia and I discussed our collaboration on A PLACE AT THE TABLE at the Nerdy Book Club Blog. https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2... Saadia and I discussed our collaboration on A PLACE AT THE TABLE at the Nerdy Book Club Blog. https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2... ...m...
  • Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
    Sep 30, 2020
    3.5 stars I mostly liked this book but I wasn?t a fan of how racism and xenophobia were addressed in this book. Review coming soon. ...
  • J
    Jan 01, 2021
    I like that this is a story about a burgeoning friendship that includes all the misunderstandings and hurt feelings that 6th grade friendships often do. And the conversations between Sara and Elizabeth?both the children of immigrant mothers?will be thought provoking for many young ...
  • Enne
    Oct 25, 2020
    3.5 stars There?s just so much to appreciate about this book. The discussion of immigration, the beautiful descriptions of food that make your mouth water, the friendships, the family dynamics? I could go on. At the heart of this story is a friendship between two girls and a...
  • Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
    Oct 24, 2020
    This story gave me all the feels! It's a warm, simple story that still manages to take on some difficult topics, including racism, immigration, and depression. Shovan and Faruqi develop every character in subtle but interesting ways. The personalities of the two main characters ar...
  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    Oct 22, 2020
    I wanted to read this book for months. Finally, I got the chance to read it. This book is about honest friendship, cultural representation and immigrants life. Sara, who is Muslim, and her parents are Pakistani immigrants. Her mother runs her catering business and is teaching in a c...
  • Mrs. Mazzola
    Jul 02, 2020
    Told in alternating perspectives, this story is about friendship and belonging. Sara had to leave her Islamic private school and attend a large public middle school and is struggling to find anything she likes about the experience besides art class. She is constantly subjected to preju...
  • Kristin Crouch
    Jan 05, 2020
    I love everything about this book, except for the fact that I received an ARC from NCTE and therefore don't have the recipes yet! Cannot wait to buy the final version and try every single recipe included. Sara and Elizabeth have never met before they both find themselves in a Sou...
  • Patricia Murphy
    Jan 18, 2020
    Beautifully written. Alternating stories woven together of a Pakistan-American teen & British-American teen. ?? how they make choices to be better people. Such a great story we need in our classrooms. Our kiddos will be able to talk and talk and talk about how to support a frie...
  • Amanda Bishop
    Jan 14, 2020
    https://bookshelflife.weebly.com/home... A Place at the Table is a story told in two voices by two authors. Elizabeth and Sara are both starting middle school and aren't ready for all the changes that this transition brings. Elizabeth is trying to keep her elementary best frien...
  • rebecca
    Oct 28, 2020
    so. i finished. review to come/2.5 stars +++++++++++++++++ a little bit cliche, a dash of good food, a heaping cup of boringness, and a pinch of drama. this is: this book. i don't have many thoughts, indicating that it wasn't that good. what good book doesn&apo...