Elizabeth and Sara are both in 6th grade, and they’re both worried about their mothers — but the similarities end there. Can the two girls overcome their differences and agree on an award-winning recipe for their school’s International Food Festival?
Ages 10+
Pages 336
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Coming Oct 2021
Sydney Taylor Notable Book

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Deliciously Powerful

Review by Zeke

“A Place at the Table” is an amazing, moving, mouth-watering novel. The story tells the friendship of two different girls, Elizabeth, who’s Jewish/American/British and Sara, who’s Pakastinian, that come together in a cooking class. The book really makes you think about discrimination and the story dives deep in to themes like belonging and exceptance. The food in this book makes your mouth water and makes you want to try new foods. The celebrations and rituals of Elizabeth and Sara make you want to learn about new cultures. The stories from both the girls' perspectives make you want to keep learning about their inspirational friendship. The book has powerful, heartbreaking scenes, yet goofy, fun ones too. It is an AMAZING book about friendship, family, discrimination, belonging and FOOD!

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Loved this book

Review by SpellingWhiz

I loved this book! It made me very stressed out at the end though when they get in trouble with a harsh teacher, so depending on if like books that stress you out or not. Also I strongly disagree with the choice to bring one of the main characters and her stupid rat-face jerk racist friend back together. Otherwise I loved this book so much, and great, if long, read.

Jan 16, 2022 06:07 PM
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A very good book

Review by Kittipie

I love this book All about friendship cooking and family life

Jan 12, 2022 06:44 PM
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A Great Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Review by StaceyL

I read this book recently and once I started I couldn't put it down! the main characters Sara and Elizabeth become friends over something neither of them knew they enjoyed, cooking! Sara just changed schools and didn't have any friends. Elizabeth has a friend but they were drifting apart. the two girls come together and try to win an international food festival at their school! a must read!!!

Jan 10, 2022 06:47 PM
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Review by GymnastChai

I loved this book so much! It is the story of two girls, with almost nothing in common, and how they come together, to try and win their school’s International Food Festival. This book made my mouth water, and made me think. It gave me different points of view on different people, and I 100% recommend you read it!

Jan 08, 2022 12:25 PM
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I liked this book!

Review by IlikeGreen

It was a good book with information about cooking and drama with friends. Overall 5 stars!

Jan 07, 2022 09:26 PM