A PLACE AT THE TABLE by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan is a delightful and thoughtful story of how two sixth grade girls from different backgrounds and cultures try to navigate middle school and the changes happening within their families.
Sara, who is Muslim, and Elizabeth, who is Jewish, become unlikely friends at an after school cooking club taught by Sara’s mother Mrs. Hameed. Cooking and food traditions become the bridge across cultures and remind the girls, and readers, that they have more in common than they realize. The story is also a wonderful reminder that when we open our hearts and share our talents, we can make room for everyone at the table and in our lives. A perfect story for our time.