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A timely, accessible, and beautifully written story exploring themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong, featuring sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara’s mom.

Sixth-graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. Sara is at a new school that is huge and
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Clarion Books/HMH
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Laura Shovan
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Saadia and I discussed our collaboration on A PLACE AT THE TABLE at the Nerdy Book Club Blog.

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Aliza Werner
I was enormously lucky to read an early version of this book. The story is told in two voices in alternating chapters, between Elizabeth (Jewish) and Sara (Muslim), whose families are from different religious and cultural backgrounds. The representation is accurate, co-written by two #OwnVoices authors who bring their own life experiences to the storytelling. Readers will follow modern day characters who grapple with fitting in, standing out, and knowing what it is to be a true friend and ally. ...more
Laura Mossa
I finished reading A Place at the Table before the New Year so I did not include it on my official #mustreadin2020 list, but this novel, beautifully co-written by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan is truly one you do not want to miss.
Navigating middle school is challenging for sixth graders, Sara and Elizabeth. Sara is adjusting to attending public school for the first time, and Elizabeth is dealing with a change in her relationship with her best friend, Maddy. Home life also presents issues. Sara
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Erin Varley
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Laura Shovan, Saadia Faruqi, and Clarion Books for sharing an ARC with #bookexpedition.

This book has my whole heart. Told in alternating points of view, sixth graders Sara and Elizabeth are each in need of a friend. Both girls are struggling with complicated home lives and a common bond of cooking brings them together. Mix in a cooking contest, middle school friendships, and a much-needed lesson on empathy, A Place at the Table is required reading for all modern educators and their
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Debbie
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club, teen
Would work well in a book discussion group, especially if it included cooking.
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Katie Reilley
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Saadia Faruqi, Laura Shovan and Clarion books for sharing an early copy with #bookexpedition.

Told in alternating points of view, this middle grade novel shares the stories of Elizabeth and Sara, two sixth graders who need a friend. The girls are from different cultures and religious backgrounds, and they’re both struggling with complicated home lives and brought together through a cooking class. The girls learn that both moms are preparing to take the U.S. Citizenship test and
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Kathie
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this story told in two different voices. Sara is Pakistani-American, and her mother is teaching a South Asian cooking class after school that she attends. Elizabeth is British-American and attends the class with the hope of learning how to make better meals for her family. The girls discover that both of their mothers are preparing to take their U.S. citizenship test, and bring them together with the hope that they can help each other study and prepare. In the process, they ...more
Stephanie
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Place At The Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan

Bespectacled, nerdy, half-Jewish-half-Brittish Elizabeth and dark-haired, artistic, Muslim, Pakistani-American Sara may not realize it at first but they have a lot in common. Both have mothers who are immigrants studying for their citizenship tests, both have pesky brothers, both are members of often discriminated against religious groups, both have best friends who are suddenly distant through no fault of their own. When they become partners
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Amanda Bishop
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A Place at the Table is a story told in two voices by two authors. Elizabeth and Sara are both starting middle school and aren't ready for all the changes that this transition brings. Elizabeth is trying to keep her elementary best friend while Sara is adapting from her small Islamic school to this giant new public middle school. The two girls meet when Sara's mom begins teaching for the cooking club and Elizabeth enrolls. Both girls are going through
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Shireen Hakim
Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF.
Boring.
I liked Elizabeth better than Sara, the Muslim character.
Kristin Crouch
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this book, except for the fact that I received an ARC from NCTE and therefore don't have the recipes yet! Cannot wait to buy the final version and try every single recipe included.
Sara and Elizabeth have never met before they both find themselves in a South Asian cooking class. They soon discover they're both daughters of immigrants who are studying for the citizenship exam, but not having an easy time doing so. As they work together on their cooking and forming a
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley



Sara's mother is running a cooking club at her school, and she is forced to go along. She used to attend Iqra Islamic School with her best friend Rabia, but has recently moved to the public middle school. Elizabeth Shainmark is also attending the class with her friend Maddy, who has been spending more and more time with Stephanie. The students in the class are not very nice to Mrs. Hameed, making comments about the spiciness of the food and pretending they can't
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Laurie
Jan 28, 2020 added it
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I’ve been looking forward to reading Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan’s co-written middle grade novel, A PLACE AT THE TABLE, for a while now, so I was very excited to get to read an ARC! I really enjoyed this story about the friendship that forms between two sixth graders—Sara, a Pakistani American girl, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl who has a British mom. The girls end up in a South Asian cooking class for very different reasons; Sara is there because her mom is the teacher, and Elizabeth ...more
Carrie
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This follows a group of sixth grade students in a South Asian cooking club who use food to build bridges between cultures. It can be read as a story about friendship growing pains, but there's also threads about the ways parental issues like depression, work travel, and debt spiral down to their kids and it also deals with the way to approach and handle friends with bigoted opinions. This can feel instructional at times, but kids who like a feel-good story that calls out middle school injustice ...more
Sara Magnafichi
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has been a true honor to be able to read an advanced copy of this beautiful story, provided to #collabookation by one of the co-author's, Laura Shovan. Publish date is May 12, 2020. This book is an #OwnVoices novel, geared towards ages 10-12, but can definitely go higher than that, written by authors Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan. Sara, who is Muslim, and Elizabeth, who is Jewish, take turns alternating their stories woven through each chapter. They are from different backgrounds, trying to ...more
Cheryl
2.5 stars

While the book's plot has good built in discussion, I found the book to be only ok. The writing seemed easy, even for a middle grade book and the plot was predictable.
Patricia Murphy
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Alternating stories woven together of a Pakistan-American teen & British-American teen. how they make choices to be better people. Such a great story we need in our classrooms. Our kiddos will be able to talk and talk and talk about how to support a friend, how differences bring us closer, about friendship, family, fitting-in and food. Special book. ...more
Mrs Heidrich
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I would like to thank the publisher for the ARC as well as Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan for writing this beautiful book.

The second thing I'd like to say is make sure you get yours hands on a copy of A Place at the Table! I absolutely loved the alternating voices and how the story between Sara and Elizabeth was woven together. There are so many themes in this book, but I'm going to say that maybe one of the strongest for me was connection in its many different forms both for the
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Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan and currently resides in Houston, TX with her husband and two children. She writes for a number of publications online about the global contemporary Muslim experience. She is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Her short stories have been ...more