Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library on the street corner. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.
What can she do? The local elections are coming up, but she's just a kid. She can't even vote!
Still, Yasmin has friends -- her best friend, Reeni, and Anil, who even has a blue belt in karate. And she has family and neighbors. What's more, she has an idea that came right out of the last book she borrowed from Book Uncle.
So Yasmin and her friends get to work. Ideas grow like cracks in the sidewalk, and soon the whole effort is breezing along nicely.
Or is it? Maybe it's spinning right out of control.
An energetic, funny and quirky story about community activism, friendship, and the love of books.
About the Author
Uma Krishnaswami is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born in New Delhi, India, Krishnaswami now lives and writes in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Visit her online at umakrishnaswami.org.
Julianna Swaney is an illustrator whose delicate watercolor paintings are inspired by whimsical details of daily life and a childhood spent outside in nature. She has illustrated numerous picture books, including the #1 New York Times bestselling We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines, Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children by Monica Kulling, and She Caught the Light by Kathryn Lasky. In her free time Julianna loves studying history and especially learning about women who pushed the boundaries of their times. She lives in Portland, Oregon. www.juliannaswaney.com