Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Bookworm Yasmin is pretty content with her life and well on her way to reading a book a day for the rest of her life. One day Book Uncle doesn't set up shop at his usual corner of the street and Yasmin soon learns it's up to her and her friends to bring Book Uncle back in business.
I originally picked up this chapter book for my daughter because the main character LOVES reading. Imagine my delight when it turns out that Yasmin isn't just an avid reader but a budding social activist as well. I appreciate how her passion for reading translates into standing up for what she believes in and using the laws in place to change things.
The feeling of community is very strong as well and it makes the setting (of the story) into a character in its own right. It was all done so seamlessly I'm in awe of the writing style.
Not once does the story sound preachy. In fact by the time you reach the end, the way everything comes together will make you tear up (or at the very least a tiny bit emotional). This is a book I absolutely want to have around so my daughter can revisit Yasmin's world whenever she wishes to.