Same Sun Here

Same Sun Here


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“Even better than reading a refreshingly honest story by one talented writer is reading one by two such writers.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Pen pals 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. With honesty and humor, Meena and River (each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author) bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763664510
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 88,564
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Silas House is the nationally best-selling author of Eli the Good as well as the award-winning novels Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo. He is an associate professor at Berea College and lives in eastern Kentucky.

Neela Vaswani is the award-winning author of You Have Given Me a Country and Where the Long Grass Bends. Her work has received an American Book Award, an O. Henry Prize, and a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. She teaches at Spalding University’s MFA in writing program and is the founder of the Storylines Project with the New York Public Library. Neela Vaswani lives in New York City.

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Even better than reading a refreshingly honest story by one talented writer is reading one by two such writers. House and Vaswani alternate between the voices of Meena and River. The two connect as pen pals, and their letters reveal the unusual intersections and the stark contrasts in their lives... Readers will feel confident that their friendship will get them through whatever lies ahead.
—Publishers Weekly

This tender and breathtakingly honest story about unlikely friendships and finding common ground will captivate readers... In an era when social media permeates every area of our lives, Meena and River’s old-fashioned camaraderie through letters feels refreshing and true. Audiences will revel in this lovely story about a boy and girl who are not so different from one another after all.
—School Library Journal

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Same Sun Here 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When New Yorker Meena and Kentucky boy River sign up for a pen pal program, they have no idea that they're each finding a kindred spirit. Who would have thought that two 12-year-olds from such different backgrounds could have so much in common? Meena was born in India and moved to New York City to be with her family when she was nine. River has lived in a tiny town in Eastern Kentucky his entire life. As the two write letters back and forth, they discover that they share a love of mountains, they both have a special relationship with their grandmothers, and there are political issues in their hometowns that could have disastrous effects on both of them. Neela Vaswani and Silas House create two characters that have strong, identifiable voices. I loved getting to know these kids as they wrote back and forth to each other. The book explores some political issues affecting both protagonists - River is dealing with mountaintop removal by big coal companies and Meena is constantly afraid of being evicted since her family illegally sublets a rent-controlled apartment. Both of these issues are approached in a kid-friendly way. Both Meena and River face discrimination because of the way they look and talk. This is a great book for tweens, one with a lot of heart. Don't miss it.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite writing method is through letters - and that style of heavily capitalized on in Same Sun Here.The story of two completely different worlds - the midwest and the east coast, two completely different homes, lifestyles, and ideas come together in this story that paints an interesting, engrossing picture for middle-grade readers.As much as I loved learning about the backgrounds of each of the characters in this book there was one aspect I could have done without - the heavy political posturing.There was so much information about our last election that it really turned me off - almost as if the authors chose to take this book and make it a platform for converting their readers to their frame of mind. It was just over the top and too much for me, and it makes me sad because it took what might have otherwise been a great educational tool, and instead turned into it into a political message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is aisian and has shiny black hair with matching eyes. She is wearing a white too tight shirt that shows off her impressive cle<_>vage and white short shorts that are too tight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same Sun Here was a very interesting book, personally I LOVED IT. It had quirky characters, awesome story and plot, and many more things a great book needs. It was amazingly detailed, very realistic, and I recommend this book TO EVERYONE!!! It was always entertaining and kept me thinking about it even when I was finished with it. It makes it feel like they are real kids writing letters to each other. This book was great I rate it a 9.1 out of 10. I will probably buy this book so I can have it forever.This book is for everyone.The ending was a bit weird though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked Same Sun Here because of how it is written. I like how Meena’s first letter says that she will write to River as if he is a human being. I also like how she trusts River with her secrets. I like how they’re such good friends and they write to each other as if they have meet even though they haven’t. I think it is a good book because it is full of such real emotion like how kids their age would feel if they experienced those things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same Sun Here by Silas House did have an okay plot and had a few strong words here and there, but I found the book hard to read with the letter format and it was very slow. I do not recommend this book for people who have a hard time keeping up with stories because the letters switch, so it was pretty hard to remember what had been going on. Although there are not many things I disliked about this book, the format brought my review down by a lot. The book was very slow as you’d imagine sending a letter to a new penpal, which was okay at first but got boring quickly. I think that if Silas House put more action in the beginning of the letter, then I would rate this book three stars instead. There were a few okay parts, but overall I think this book was rated two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same Sun Here is a book that two kids make up by sending each other letters. It creates a mystery out of realistic fiction. This book features Meena, an immigrant, and River, an MTR protestor. The book can be slow, but when MTR moves near River’s school, a breathtaking event happens. Same Sun Here is a book that I would recommend to people that like mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book in school, and it was not my favioret. I did not like the ending. It was not that well witten
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for summer reading and it was ok. I did nit like the letter format and I foun the ending really bad.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book I give it 5atars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok storyline not my favorite though of his work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly interesting but confusing