Same Sun Here
Same Sun Here

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Annotation: A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and then best friends, through their letters exploring environmental activism, immigration, and racism.
Catalog Number: #75148
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 297 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-6451-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-72919-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-6451-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-72919-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2010048223
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
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Word Count: 57,362
Reading Level: 5.2
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.2 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 150734 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 890L
Guided Reading Level: W

Discussion Guide: Same Sun Here Discussion Guide

In this extraordinary novel in letters, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.

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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