In India, Ravi was the top student and the best a cricket. Now on the first day in his new school in the United States, he finds that he is no longer a star. At his old school he would have never associated with a kid like Joe, who is big and awkward, and has a learning disability. Now the two boys find themselves thrown together in the same remedial class, united because they are both victims of the same bully and in need of a friend.
I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and both of the main characters were very sympathetic. The chapters in the book
alternate between Ravi's and Joe's point of view and are written by
Varadarajan and Weeks respectively. I liked that in the end the authors included both a glossary for kids unfamiliar with Indian terms, and one for kids unfamiliar with American terms. This is a heartwarming read for those who like
the books of R. J. Palacio and Lisa Graff. (216 p.)