Same Sun Here

CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: BN3354
Released: Aug 06, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781480553545
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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.

Professional reviews

"Sometimes an author-narrator's spoken voice does not ring as true as his or her characters' voices do on the page. But this production is a moving example of all things working together. And here we have two authors as narrators. Silas House portrays River, a Kentucky coal miner's son, and Neela Vaswani portrays Meena, an immigrant girl from India who is living in New York's Chinatown. The two youngsters become modern-day pen pals who write actual letters because Meena has library-only access to email. Their problems and successes weave a tapestry of courage against adversity. While River struggles against dangerous mountaintop removal, Meena fights to fit in. This book is a love letter to the almost lost art of letter writing and the power of simple, heartfelt words to weave bonds stronger than any differences. M.M.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award "

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