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ISBN13: 9781416954958
ISBN10: 1416954953
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Seventeen-year-old Samar — a.k.a. Sam — has never known much about her Indian heritage. Her mom has deliberately kept Sam away from her old-fashioned family. It's never bothered Sam, who is busy with school, friends, and a really cute but demanding boyfriend.

But things change after 9/11. A guy in a turban shows up at Sam's house, and he turns out to be her uncle. He wants to reconcile the family and teach Sam about her Sikh heritage. Sam isn't sure what to do, until a girl at school calls her a coconut — brown on the outside, white on the inside. That decides it: Why shouldn't Sam get to know her family? What is her mom so afraid of? Then some boys attack her uncle, shouting, "Go back home, Osama!" and Sam realizes she could be in danger — and also discovers how dangerous ignorance can be. Sam will need all her smarts and savvy to try to bridge two worlds and make them both her own.

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"'Before Uncle Sandeep walked back into my life, I'd never cared that I was a Sikh.... But that was before 9/11.' Raised in suburban New Jersey, 17-year-old Samar has few connections to her Indian heritage. Her mother, having felt oppressed by her conservative Sikh parents, cut ties with them years earlier ('My mom spent a whole lot of time... smudging the hard lines that made us different from everyone around us'). Samar's uncle, eager to reconnect in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, helps the teenager learn about her background, taking her to a Sikh temple and reintroducing her estranged grandparents into her life. A number of acts of violence, including an incident in which some classmates throw bottles at her uncle's car while they are driving, further spur Samar's awakening, causing her to reconsider what it means to be Indian in America. Debut novelist Meminger raises complex questions of identity, but avoids moralizing or spelling out answers for readers, who will likely be hooked as Samar takes a second look at her relationships with her boyfriend, friends and family, while seeking a better understanding of herself. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Neesha Meminger was born in Punjab, India, at the tail end of the 1960s, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She currently lives in New York City, where she and her husband spend most days being ignored by a seven-year-old Leo and a four-year-old Aries. This is her first novel. Visit Neesha's website atneeshameminger.com.

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SMSlaughter, June 24, 2009 (view all comments by SMSlaughter)
I found SHINE, COCONUT MOON, to be a timely, relevant work which while targeted to teenagers, will definitely appeal to anyone confronting issues of self-identity, cultural identity and/or social marginalization. The author, exploring issues of identity and social otherness, in a post 9/11 context, manages to aptly present these sensitive hot-bed issues in a noteworthy manner and most importantly, from varying character perspectives. What I find most essential about this book is that it does a really good job of subtly encouraging the reader to examine / rethink one's preconceived notions about difference. This book, if taught in schools, could be a great teaching tool with regard to consciousness-raising. I loved it, for me, it was a positive and cathartic reading experience - I wholly recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416954958
Author:
Meminger, Neesha
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Author:
Meminger, Neesha Dosanjh
Subject:
Prejudices
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090310
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 256 pages Margaret K. McElderry Books - English 9781416954958 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Before Uncle Sandeep walked back into my life, I'd never cared that I was a Sikh.... But that was before 9/11.' Raised in suburban New Jersey, 17-year-old Samar has few connections to her Indian heritage. Her mother, having felt oppressed by her conservative Sikh parents, cut ties with them years earlier ('My mom spent a whole lot of time... smudging the hard lines that made us different from everyone around us'). Samar's uncle, eager to reconnect in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, helps the teenager learn about her background, taking her to a Sikh temple and reintroducing her estranged grandparents into her life. A number of acts of violence, including an incident in which some classmates throw bottles at her uncle's car while they are driving, further spur Samar's awakening, causing her to reconsider what it means to be Indian in America. Debut novelist Meminger raises complex questions of identity, but avoids moralizing or spelling out answers for readers, who will likely be hooked as Samar takes a second look at her relationships with her boyfriend, friends and family, while seeking a better understanding of herself. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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