Welcome to my first TBR Friday for 2017! I have made it a goal to read at least one book from my TBR stack each month, with a goal of completing Pike’s Peak level – 12 books – on Bev’s Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017 by the end of the year. Today’s book is not only going to count toward that challenge, but also Bev’s Colour Coded Challenge, the Epistolary Reading Challenge AND the PopSugar Reading Challenge in category five: a book written by a person of colour! Boom!
Today’s book is Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami and here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Nine-year-old Yasmin intends to read a book a day for the rest of her life. Book Uncle, who runs a free lending library on the street corner, always has the perfect book for her. But when Book Uncle seems to be in trouble, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something. With the elections coming up and the grown-ups busy with their own affairs, what difference can Yasmin and her friends possibly make? Will they get help from Karate Samuel, the eccentric superstar who’s standing for Mayor? Yasmin gets to work, ideas begin to fly like feathers, and soon everything starts to spin – out of control.
Ten Second Synopsis:
Yasmin has a goal to read a book a day for the rest of her life, ably aided by Book Uncle, the man who runs a free little lending library on the corner of Yasmin’s street. When Book Uncle receives a notice from the Council that he must close his book stand, Yasmin must find a way to change Council’s mind and bring books back to her community.
Time on the TBR Shelf:
About six months or so.
Purchased from Booktopia’s bargain section after recently having put it on my TBR list.
Reason I haven’t read it yet:
It’s short, easily readable and therefore easy to ignore.
- Even though this is a short book, it’s chock full of underlying social issues and culturally interesting elements just ripe for discussion by young readers
- Yasmin is delightfully flawed and determined and compassionate and an all around charming heroine. She speaks without thinking, then feels guilty for it, then tries to rectify her mistakes, then manages to mobilise a whole lot of strangers to her cause simply through her passion for it. If you are looking for realistic female protagonists in early chapter books, then look no further!
- This book celebrates books and the people who read them. It celebrates the power of books to change people’s lives in big and small ways, and to bring people together who otherwise have little in common.
- This book wasn’t written to be a “diverse” book, but if you aren’t an Indian person reading it, it certainly fulfills that criteria. The story itself is completely transferable to any Western classroom in which civic education is a priority, but there are also lots of parts of the story that will inspire discussion about difference – particularly issues of access to free lending library resources and election processes.
Less Impressive Bits:
On reflection, was this worth buying?
Where to now for this tome?
I may donate this one to the mini-fleshling’s school library.
If you would like to check out my progress in each of my various challenges you can check them out in the links in the header, under 2017 Challenges
Until next time,