"The struggle to fit in is very nearly universal in teen culture, but it’s that much tougher for a lot of young people in the wake of 9/11. Author Neesha Meminger takes on both the topical issue of anti-Muslim racism and the ever-present struggle to be true to yourself in her intense and thoughtful novel Shine, Coconut Moon." - Colleen Mondor for Bookslut
". . .One day, shortly after 9/11, a man wearing a turban shows up on her doorstep. He is her estranged uncle, and through him, Sam begins to realize how important being Indian American is to her identity. This novel is especially poignant as our country continues to deal with prejudice against South Asians and individuals from the Middle East." - Melanie Koss for Booklist
"An important book for young people about coming to terms with identity, prejudice, and family in a post-9/11 world." - Marina Budhos, author of Ask Me No Questions and Tell Us We're Home
Click here to read my blog post on Neesha Meminger and Shine, Coconut Moon.
I am an English teacher and professional fangirl. My fandoms are: children's literature, young adult literature, and K-pop.
In 2009, I was a judge for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS), and in 2010, I was a judge for the (Philippine) National Children’s Book Awards.
I represent book reviewers on the Philippine Board on Books for Young People.