Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.
But what can she do? The local elections are coming up but she’s just a kid. She can’t even vote!
Still, Yasmin has friends — her best friend, Reeni, and Anil, who even has a black belt in karate. And she has grownup family and neighbors who, no matter how preoccupied they are, care about what goes on in their community.
Then Yasmin remembers a story that Book Uncle selected for her. It’s an old folktale about a flock of doves trapped in a hunter’s net. The birds realize that if they all flap their wings at the same time, they can lift the net and fly to safety, where they seek the help of a friendly mole who chews a hole in the net and sets them free.
And so the children get to work, launching a campaign to make sure the voices of the community are heard.
An energetic, funny and quirky story that explores the themes of community activism, friendship, and the love of books. (Anansi/Groundwood)
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Great book! I recommend it to students everywhere!
sometimes I was confused but I loved it anyway I liked the story how the election was going on and book uncle always gave her the right book for the right time and that's why I rated this book 3 stars
I liked this book because it showed that a kid can make a difference in their community.
I don't think it was the best book, ever some parts were really boring and its all based on the one book that she read.
book uncle and me is about a young girl named Yasmin who loved to read so she planed to read a book a day. Yasmin got all of her books from a guy named book uncle but one day book uncle got a pink slip that said he had to close down. Yasmine tries to help.... I liked this book because I like quick reads so then I can read it more than one time. Also I couldn't put this book down, I read this book in two days that's how good it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!