This debut novel from Trehan presents intriguing, achingly real characters in the persons of Asha, Sam, and Prestyn. . . the original presentation and complex young characters carry this compelling exploration of friendship and home.
The growing pains of middle school friendships, peer pressure, and bullying are palpable; readers will ache for Sam and Asha as they grow distant and cheer their tentative steps toward new relationships. . . . An unusual, insightful exploration of what makes strong foundations in houses, families, and friendships.
This is a book about friendship, and what it means to be a true friend. In the end, friendship wins out. Readers who struggle with the social scene in middle school will relate to the characters and the desire to be accepted for who they are.
—School Library Connection
A story both delightfully unreal and gratifyingly true to life.
—Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medalist and New York Times best-selling author
Asha and Sam are among the most memorable characters I’ve ever encountered. In meeting them, young readers will find their worlds expanded and their hearts enlarged.
—Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times best-selling author
Best friends Sam and Asha confront a secret from their past whose echoes can be felt inside Donnybrooke, the strangest and most beautiful house in town. Part mystery, part friendship story, Meera Trehan’s engaging debut shows us how a good friend is like a good home: comforting and protective.
—Sheela Chari, author of the Edgar Award nominee Vanished
I fell in love with the characters in The View from the Very Best House in Town, including the house of Donnybrooke itself. Meera Trehan captures middle-school friendship in all of its wonders and difficulties. Readers can’t help but identify with (and root for) Asha and Sam. By the time you finish the book, the characters feel like dear friends.
—Sarah Kapit, author of Schneider Family Book Award Honor recipient Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!
A thought-provoking look at bullying and social pressures through the eyes of its victims and of an inanimate, yet opinionated, mansion that will ring true with many readers.
—School Library Journal
A clever and emotional read.