Book Uncle and me by Uma Krishnaswami
Scholastic, 2013. ISBN 9781742836720.
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Book Uncle and me is set in India and focuses on Yasmin and her love of reading. She is reading a book a day thanks to Book Uncle's free library. One day, Book Uncle gives Yasmin an old Indian story about doves working together to escape from a net. It is this story that helps Yasmin fight for Book Uncle when the city tries to close him down. Yasmin remembers how the doves worked together to lift the net and so she rallies her friends and neighbours. They write letters to the new mayor candidates, asking for help and even get their story on the news. Will all of this teamwork be enough to save Book Uncle?
Book Uncle and me is highly recommended for girls aged 10+. It moves quickly but you get to know and like the characters, learn a little bit of Indian culture and it is perfect for the Australian Curriculum with its links to Asia.