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Same Sun Here

By Silas House, Neela Vaswani
Illustrated by Hilary Schenker

In this extraordinary novel in letters, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.

Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City’s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner’s son. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River’s town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun.

  • Silas House, renowned author of adult titles The Coal Tatoo, A Parchment of Leaves, and Clay's Quilt, follows up his YA debut Eli the Good with this touching story of seemingly opposite pen pals that bond together - coauthored by Neela Vaswani.
  • Environmental issues, particularly the currently highly controversial practice of mountaintop removal, play a central role in the story.
  • Immigration issues are also central here - showing an honest and touching inside perspective on the process of immigration and naturalization from a child's point of view.

About the author

Silas House is the nationally best-selling author of Eli the Good as well as the award-winning novels Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo. He serves as writer in residence at Lincoln Memorial University and lives in eastern Kentucky. Neela Vaswani, author of Where the Long Grass Bends and You Have Given Me a Country, is an education activist in India and the United States and founder of the Storylines Project with the New York Public Library.

ISBN: 9780763656843
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Dimensions: 136 x 177mm, 304pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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