Shine, Coconut Moon

Neesha Meminger's young adult novel tells the story of a young Indian girl growing up in the post-9/11 world.

Neesha Meminger

Sam is Indian, but doesn't know very much about her culture or heritage. This isn't a big deal, until 9/11 happens. Her uncle shows up at her home and wants to teach her what it means to be Sikh. She's torn until she's called a "coconut" — brown on the outside, white on the inside. But when she starts to embrace her Indian heritage, things start to get dangerous in the post-9/11 world. A powerful book about discovering your past and how it can shape your future.

Shine, Coconut Moon is for readers ages 14 and up.

From the book

"But the coconut is also a symbol of resilience, Samar. Even in the conditions where there's very little nourishment and even less nurturance, it flourishes, growing taller than most of the plants around it."

From Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger ©2009. Published by Margaret K. McElderry.