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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (586 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neela Vaswani, Silas House Narrator: Neela Vaswani, Silas Hous Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River’s town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun.

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  • Winner of the 2013 Audie Award for Children's Titles for Ages 8-12

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 2/20/2014

    " "I like that library books have secret lives. All those hands that have held them. All those eyes that have read them." Meena pg. 87 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peggy | 2/16/2014

    " The two voices of Meena and River are convincingly real. What was impressive to me was the beauty of the secret lives of students. As a teacher I see only the school side of most students. I found the book refreshing and enjoyable. I would recommend it to any person whose interests lie outside of the ordinary. The depiction of the sanguine attitude of Mark, who loses a leg, seems a bit unreal, but otherwise the characters are well-played. The format will be sure to capture many readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/10/2014

    " On the surface of this story, told through letters from the two main characters to one another, Meena and River might seem to have little in common. After all, Meena is an Indian immigrant girl who lives in Chinatown in New York City while River is the son on a Kentucky coal miner. From a school assignment requiring students to write their pen pals, the two get to know each other well and become friends, sharing secrets and dispelling assumptions each has about the other. Their voices are unique since there is one author for Meena and one for River. Meena's letters are filled with her own musings on city life as well as questions for River. River is more reticent, but he, too, is curious about the world outside his own small town. The questions the two have about each other's cultures are answered in a straight forward fashion with no resentment; rather, the two want to satisfy the other one's curiosity. Clearly, there are many issues in the lives of each youngster, and even the threat to the mountains where River lives is something that becomes important to Meena as well. Although there are quite a few coincidences near the end of the book, I still enjoyed watching the friendship form right in front of my eyes. I also liked the ink-and-pencil illustrations that occasionally appear in Meena's letters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Withani | 2/10/2014

    " Reading this book I felt a bit like I was reading my kids' mail - and I could only hope that our young people are as intelligent and well-spoken as Meena and River, the correspondents in the story. Unaware that even they can make a difference in their world, they do just that, encouraging, in an unpretentious way, readers to do the same. I'd highly recommend this book to any middle school teacher. "

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