Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.831156
Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.
Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.
Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.
Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common -- but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published on May 10, 2016 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545846609
ISBN-13: 9780545846608
47 Book Reviews
  • foreverregancorn
    foreverregancorn9 months55 stars
    love it
    • pinkkitty9
      pinkkitty912 months55 stars
      I love this book!!! It switches off chapters between this kid Joe and another kid Ravi. Ravi has just moved to New Jersey from Bangalore, India. Joe has lived in America for a long time. They are both in 5th grade, and they are in the same class at Albert Einstein Elementary. Their teacher, Mrs. Beam, cannot pronounce Ravi's name. It's supposed to be rah-VEE, but everyone is callind him RAH-vee. He also has an accent, which makes Mrs. Beam think he needs special help. Joe has APD (Auditory Processsing Disorder) where he cannot hear well if he hears too much noise. There is a bully in their class, Dillion Samreen. At first, Ravi wants to be friends with him, but then he figures out that he's a bully. Joe and Ravi both fight the troubles of Dillion and at the end of the book they become friends. I totally reccomend­čś║
      • literarylupine
        literarylupineover 1 year55 stars
        Welcome to Albert Einstein Elementary School. For Ravi, it's not all it's cracked up to be. For Joe, it's the same as it's always been. Save Me A Seat follows the perspectives of two different boys- Ravi, who's just moved to America from India, and Joe, who's lived there his whole life. The pair's relationship starts out, to be frank, rocky. The resentment's source? None other than Dillon Samreen- a popular crowd-pleaser who's also the prince of mean. Joe has been dealing with Dillon since he was five, and can easily see through his "cool guy" facade. Ravi, on the other hand, only sees a fellow Indian- someone who he can relate to and make an easy friend. After an act of outright bullying that Dillon blames on Joe- and Ravi believes- neither boy is sure about where they belong or who's really their friend. And with personal struggles peaking- Ravi being patronized by teachers, Joe growing more distant from his father, and, worst of all, an upcoming assignment looming over their heads- this school year seems to be one challenge after the next. Will Joe and Ravi navigate their way through the obstacles of school united? Or will they remain at opposite ends of the lunch table? Find out in this beautifully written novel! I ADORED Save Me A Seat. I'd read some of Sarah Weeks' previous works (Pie and Honey, you should check them out if you liked Save Me a Seat!) and enjoyed them, so when my brother checked Save Me A Seat out from our library to reread it, I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. The characters in Save Me A Seat are raw, relatable, and so utterly human that it's nearly impossible to be bored when learning their stories. This was a delightful and witty read, and I recommend anyone looking for a realistic fiction read to pick this up. A solid five stars.
        • propellor_hat77
          propellor_hat77over 1 year55 starsFeatured
          This book was wonderfully put together. This is a book about 2 boys and their separate struggles at a school. Ravi (Rah-VEE with the accent on the second syllable) is new to Albert Einstein Elementary. He moved from India because his father got a promotion for his job. On the other hand, Joe, has been at Albert Einstein Elementary since kindergarten, and had to deal with his "arch-nemesis" Dillon Samreen. Joe has super good hearing, which makes his ears a little more sensitive than others. This is why he has to wear earplugs in his ears sometimes, and the cause of him being bullied. Ravi and Joe are in the same class, and sit right in the front and back of each other. Ravi doesn't like Joe at the beginning because Dillon frames Joe or tripping, stealing, and bullying Ravi when he wasn't looking. What turns out is a shocking truth for Ravi. Read it to see it!
          • dream_beyond
            dream_beyondover 1 year55 starsFeatured
            When you hear the name Albert Einstein, you think of the words smart of intelligent, but at Albert Einstein Elementary school that's not the case. When Ravi was back home in India, he was the best student, he was athletic, had a best friend, was very good in math, and pretty much aced school. At his new school, Albert Einstein Elementary School everything is the opposite of what he thought! He can't seem to impress his teacher with his smarts, he has zero friends, the class bully, Dillion, calls him Curryhead, and everything here at this new school is different than in his old school back in India. Joe has lived in America since forever! He goes to Albert Einstein Elementary School and hates every subject except for lunch. He also hates Dillion for always bullying him. Not to mention he hates the Dillion wannabees and the girls in his class, because they are Dillion fans. But when Ravi comes along maybe now is his chance to finally have a friend and maybe school won't be so bad after all! I really enjoyed 'Save Me A Seat', by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. I highly recommend this book! Happy reading!
            • fosterkeefe
              fosterkeefeover 1 year55 stars
              I love this book so much! You guys should read it!
              • x_goddess_x
                x_goddess_xover 1 year55 starsFeatured
                A wonderful book! I was so into the book, I had to keep reading! This is a great book, Ravi (rah-VEE) just came to America from India, and it's not like his dreams! Things are weird here, they do math differently, Big Foot is weird, and he's sent to a special class with him and Big Foot! Meet Joe Sylvester, or Puddy or Pud. Or, that's what Dillion calls him. He's the average american in a boring school, learning boring things, and being a target to the class bully. Ravi doesn't seem to like him, and calls him Big Foot, because of his huge feet. Ravi thinks Dillion, a ABCD, wants to be friends with him, and is always trying to be with him, like the other Dillion wannabees. Joe on the other hand, wants nothing more but to avoid Dillion! Meet Dillion, the main bully in Save Me A seat. He bullies Joe by calling him "Pud" because of his last name, and because of his last name. He doesn't bully Ravi until the last few chapters, and makes him think that he wants to be Ravi's friend. I strongly suggust this wonderful book, DOGO NEWS readers! Amazing!
                • fykelape-159735301789
                  fykelape-159735301789almost 2 years55 stars
                  The story Save Me a Seat writes about 2 different characters Joe and Ravi who go to the same school. Each chapter takes a turn writing about one of the boys, it says things from the boy's perspective. The story contains friendship, kindness and everything you need to survive the first week of 5th Grade. Read the Book To Find Out What Happens Next!
                  • peloquin
                    peloquinalmost 2 years55 stars
                    cool. express a lot of feelings the best ever. Should read if haven't .Pretty pretty cool. But have any of you read blended its really good.
                    • why these booksover 3 years
                      i think it was not a very good book because they did not explain enough