Count Me In

Author: Varsha Bajaj
Homepage 9780525517245

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  • : $34.99(NZD)
  • : 9780525517245
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
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  • : 0.306
  • : August 2019
  • : 2 Centimeters X 14.8 Centimeters X 21.6 Centimeters
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Barcode 9780525517245
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Local Description

Kathleen's review - This is a very nicely written story that tackles racism and hate crimes. I like the way it's told in the two alternating voices of Karina and Chris. How the families, the school and the community deal with the attack unfolds with hope, but also with acknowledgement that there is no quick answer to prejudice.

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Karina Chopra would have never imagined becoming friends with the boy next door--after all, they've avoided each other for years and she assumes Chris is just like the boys he hangs out with, who she labels a pack of hyenas. Then Karina's grandfather starts tutoring Chris, and she discovers he's actually a nice, funny kid.


But one afternoon something unimaginable happens--the three of them are assaulted by a stranger who targets Indian-American Karina and her grandfather because of how they look. Her grandfather is gravely injured and Karina and Chris vow not to let hate win. When Karina posts a few photos related to the attack on social media, they quickly attract attention, and before long her #CountMeIn post--"What does an American look like? #immigrants #WeBelong #IamAmerican #HateHasNoHomeHere"--goes viral and a diverse population begin to add their own photos.


Then, when Papa is finally on the road to recovery, Karina uses her newfound social media reach to help celebrate both his homecoming and a community coming together.