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Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
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Jun 28, 10

bookshelves: bullying, multicultural, realistic, religious-awakening, thumb-s-up-top-20, teen, teen-clean-reads
Read from June 24 to 28, 2010

Samar(Sammy)lives alone with her mother. They are of Indian descent, but Sammy's mom has never spoken about her family and has kept Sammy far away from them, even though they live only 90 minutes away. Immediately after 9/11, she comes home to find a man with a turban on his head at their front door. It's her Uncle Sandeep, who wants to reconnect because after 9/11, family feels very important. Samar's uncle is the victim of abuse by people "defending" America. (He's called Osama) even though he is Sikh, a peaceful religion (not that victimizing Muslims is OK). Sammy learns to appreciate her background and confront her mother about her past.
Very well done. I like how it shows the prejudice and ignorance of people who think they're "right" when they hate. They get their comeuppance in the end.
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