Shine, Coconut Moon

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About The Book

Sixteen-year-old Samar—aka Sam—is an Indian American teenager whose mom has kept her away from her old-fashioned family. It’s never bothered Sam, who is busy with school, friends, and a demanding boyfriend. But things change after 9/11. A guy in a turban shows up at Sam’s house—and turns out to be her uncle. He wants to reconcile the family and teach Sam about her Sikh heritage. She is eager to learn, but when boys attack her uncle, shouting "Go home Osama!" Sam realizes she could be in danger—and just how dangerous ignorance is.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 2010)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442403055
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Lexile ® HL740 ? The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"An important book for young people about coming to terms with identity, prejudice, and family in a post-9/11 world. A touching portrait of a strong-willed daughter and her rebellious mother." -- Marina Budhos, author of Ask Me No Questions and Tell Us We're Home

"Everyone -- teens and adults alike -- should read this wise, warm story of family, friendship, tolerance, and finding out who you really are." -- Anjali Banerjee, author of Maya Running and Looking for Bapu

"Neesha Meminger writes with honesty, a big heart, and bold humor. I laughed, cried, learned, and related." -- Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of Born Confused

"I want to give this novel to every teen on the hunt for the unvarnished truth about her own story." -- Mitali Perkins, author of Secret Keeper

Awards and Honors
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults Nominee
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Nominee
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults - Top Ten
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