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Friday 20 August 2021

Junior Review: A Place At The Table

Friends don’t have to be alike for a friendship to thrive. You just have to be there for each other and be able to encourage and understand each other. 

In A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan a friendship is discovered through food and culture.

Sara is facing a big change, she’s moving from her Islamic private school to a large public middle school, where she’s a stranger to everyone there. 

Elizabeth and her best friend aren’t exactly on the best terms, while her British mother aches for home and her father is often traveling. 

They meet at a cooking club after school, where Sara’s mom teaches. They learn that they work well together and partner to enter a cooking competition. 

While they share a love of food, their differences weigh them down. Will they be able to value their friendship and overcome the challenges? 


Authors Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan have intertwined cultures into friendship. This novel teaches you about Islamic and Jewish cultures, and how being friends with different types of people is a great way to learn about other cultures. A Place at the table talks about family, food, and friendship. I hope you enjoy this comical and cultural novel. 

Title: A Place At The Table
Author: Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan
Publisher: Clarion Books , $28.03
Publication Date: August 11, 2020
Format: Hardcover
For ages: 10 – 12
Type: Middle Grade Fiction