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Book Uncle and Me

by Uma Krishnaswami
Illustrated by Julianna Swaney

Published by Groundwood, 2016
149 pages
ISBN: 978𢴓54988082

Ages 7-10

Nine-year-old Yasmin visits Book Uncle抯 Lending Library, located on a street corner near her apartment, every day. He calls her his Number One Patron. She usually borrows longer books, so the day Book Uncle suggests a picture book, she抯 disappointed but politely accepts it. After she reads the story, about doves trapped in a hunter抯 net working together to free themselves, she finds she can抰 stop thinking about it. 揌ow strange that such a skinny book can leave so many questions in my mind. When Book Uncle is told by the city that he must shut down his library because he has no permit and can抰 afford one, Yasmin is devastated. Then she抯 determined. Together with her friends she draws attention to Book Uncle抯 plight during the mayoral campaign, challenging the candidates to support Book Uncle and literacy, and finding out in the process that the current mayor was behind the lending library抯 closure (he wanted to clean up the streets before his daughter抯 marriage at a nearby fancy hotel). Engaging, child-centered, and often funny, this easy chapter book set in a large Indian city is also a primer in community activism for young children. 2017 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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