In A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan, Sara and Elizabeth couldn’t be more different, or so they think when they meet at an afterschool cooking club. Sara’s parents emigrated from Pakistan before she was born, but everyone at her new middle school treats her like she does not belong. Elizabeth may blend in at her middle school, but her mom is an immigrant from England who is unhappy living in the US. When Sara and Elizabeth decide to work together for an International Cooking competition at school, they learn that they have more in common than they thought. A Place at the Table is about discovering new food, new friends, new perspectives, and new ways to stand up for those who are mistreated.