Half way through Same Sun Here (having a hard time remembering the title correctly….) and cried on the subway to work today reading the turn of events in the story. There are definitely enough life hardships for both characters to sustain my interest and and the two kids feel authentic and endearing. It also feels like a very good classroom, discussion-generating book. There are the concepts of stereotypes, fear of terrorists, environmental exploitation, illegal activities, illness and death of family members, and I just encountered the word “faggot.” I feel that the authors are courageous and honest — instead of sensationalizing daily life. I am waiting to find out how all these scenario play out in the story.