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Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles for Ages 8-12, 2013

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.

©2012 Silas House, Neela Vaswani (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • 23-07-2020

What a joy!

We listened to this book on a long road trip and fell in love with the characters. My nine year old kept saying, “wow, mom, this books is so educational!” It addresses many issues confronting our society but in a way that is accessible to young readers. We absolutely loved the narration!

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