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Count Me In

By Nayanika Kapoor, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Powerful, appealing story about 7th grader fighting racism.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Great Message

I'm in my 40's and it made me cry. Make sure your child is mature enough to read it. My 10 year old read it and it was too much for her. She was scared by what happened to Papa and she remembered it for weeks after she'd finished the book; which is why I read it. I would say it's better for 7th grade and older. It has a good story and great message. The main characters are solid role models.

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This novel is a fantastic introduction to racism, activism, and social change for middle-grade readers. While kids may have additional questions, Count Me In can at least start to explain what readers might be hearing about in the news. The book is heartwarming and well-written, with lots of important messages and worthy role models. Karina may inspire readers to think about how they can create positive change in their own community by using their voice and their friends. This story is a timely and important one, and it offers an honest, heartwarming look into the lives of immigrant families across the country and the difficulties that they face. Karina and her friends are inspiring, and this is a must-read for aspiring activists.

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