BOOK UNCLE AND ME by Uma Krishnaswami
Kirkus Star

BOOK UNCLE AND ME

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 8 - 11
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

When her source of books is threatened, so is 9-year-old Yasmin’s goal of reading a book a day “forever.”

The inspiration behind and assistant to her in that goal is Book Uncle, owner of a free lending library on the street corner where she lives. His motto is to provide the “right book for the right person for the right day.” When Book Uncle is forced to shut down his lending library because he can’t afford the permit, Yasmin is disappointed and confused. She is then motivated to try and get the lending library back in business and enlists the help of her friends and then their larger neighborhood. All this happens amid a mayoral election, which provides the perfect background for the plot. Yasmin is a precocious, inquisitive protagonist with a tendency to speak before she thinks. Her relationships with her family and friends read as authentic and loving, even, and perhaps especially, in the moments when they are not perfect. This all lays the foundation for the community organizing that later becomes so necessary in effecting the change that Yasmin seeks to make. Swaney’s playful, childlike illustrations advance the action and help to bring Yasmin’s Indian city to life.

Yasmin’s campaign should help inspire young readers to believe in their own potential to make a difference and teach the valuable lesson that sometimes it takes several small actions to make big moves. (Fiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-55498-808-2
Page count: 152pp
Publisher: Groundwood
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2016




BEST MIDDLE-GRADE SCHOOL STORIES OF 2016:

ChildrenHUNDRED PERCENT by Karen Romano Young
by Karen Romano Young
ChildrenSAVE ME A SEAT by Sarah Weeks
by Sarah Weeks
ChildrenJOSH BAXTER LEVELS UP by Gavin Brown
by Gavin Brown
ChildrenA BOY NAMED QUEEN by Sara Cassidy
by Sara Cassidy
ChildrenGHOST by Jason Reynolds
by Jason Reynolds

MORE BY UMA KRISHNASWAMI

ChildrenBRIGHT SKY, STARRY CITY by Uma Krishnaswami
by Uma Krishnaswami
ChildrenTHE PROBLEM WITH BEING SLIGHTLY HEROIC by Uma Krishnaswami
by Uma Krishnaswami
ChildrenTHE GIRL OF THE WISH GARDEN by Uma Krishnaswami
by Uma Krishnaswami