Book Uncle and Me

Book Uncle and Me


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Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library on the street corner. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.

What can she do? The local elections are coming up, but she’s just a kid. She can’t even vote!

Still, Yasmin has friends — her best friend, Reeni, and Anil, who even has a blue belt in karate. And she has family and neighbors. What’s more, she has an idea that came right out of the last book she borrowed from Book Uncle.

So Yasmin and her friends get to work. Ideas grow like cracks in the sidewalk, and soon the whole effort is breezing along nicely.

Or is it? Maybe it’s spinning right out of control.

An energetic, funny and quirky story about community activism, friendship, and the love of books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554988099
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 97,507
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

UMA KRISHNASWAMI is the author of more than twenty books for children, from picture books ( The Girl of the Wish Garden , Bright Sky, Starry City and Out of the Way! Out of the Way! ), through novels for young readers ( The Grand Plan to Fix Everything ). Her books have been published in eleven languages and have been picked for Junior Library Guild selections, CCBC Choices, Parents’ Choice, IRA’s Notable Books for a Global Society, the Scientific American Young Readers’ Book Award, Bank Street Best Books of the Year and the Paterson Prize. Originally published in India, Book Uncle and Me won the Scholastic Asian Book Award.

Born in New Delhi, Uma teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA program in writing for children and young adults.

Julianna Swaney is an artist, designer and printmaker specializing in watercolors. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Read an Excerpt

I go zig-zig-zag, off on my daily mission.

Mind the crooked tree. Mind the istri lady with her iron and heap of clothes. Mind the broken pavement and the pigeons cooling their feathers in mud puddles. Watch-watch-watch ...

And here it is! Book Uncle’s Lending Library on the corner of St. Mary’s Road and 1st Cross Street, with books spread out on planks of wood and a small tin can for donations. Just to help out, if anyone wants to.

Here is the sign in faded old letters:

Books. Free.

Give One.

Take One.


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Winner of the International Literacy Association Social Justice Literature Award

NPR’s Guide to 2016’s Great Reads

USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List

OLA Best Bets Top Ten

Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List

Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year

“Yasmin’s campaign should help inspire young readers to believe in their own potential to make a difference and teach the valuable lesson that sometimes it takes several small actions to make big moves.” Kirkus , starred review

“This sweet slice-of-life tale … demonstrates that children can be empowered to effect change in their own neighborhoods. This is also a perfect title to shine a light on elections taking place elsewhere.” School Library Journal , starred review

“[Readers] will surely be charmed by Yasmin’s upbeat personality and determination.” Horn Book

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