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.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published on April 24, 2018 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN-10: 0545846617
ISBN-13: 9780545846615
45 Book Reviews
  • literarylupine
    literarylupine17 days55 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.
    • pxnic_sxtr77
      pxnic_sxtr77about 1 month55 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_beyond2 months55 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!
        • fosterkeefe14
          fosterkeefe143 months55 stars
          I love this book so much! You guys should read it!
          • kittylover111
            kittylover1113 months55 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-1597353017897 months55 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
                peloquin9 months55 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 booksabout 2 years
                  i think it was not a very good book because they did not explain enough
                  • masterboi2.0over 2 years
                    cool book
                    • Jakealmost 3 years
                      Honestly, I think Save Me a Seat has its own potential and showed be in the spotlight!