Count Me In

ISBN-10: 052551726X
ISBN-13: 9780525517269
Author: Bajaj, Varsha
Interest Level: 5-9
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: August 2020

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 192


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Interest Level

Grades 5-9

Reading Level

Guided Reading: X
Lexile: 680L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.4
Accelerated Reader Points: 5.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Violence

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

Description
An uplifting story, told through the alternating voices of two middle-schoolers, in which a community rallies to reject racism. 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
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