Meet   Meena !   

Meena’s life is full of color. She wears vibrant clothes, eats every shade of the rainbow, and plucks eye-catching trash from the neighborhood recycling bins.

 

But when Meena’s best friend, Sofía, stops playing with her at recess and she experiences an unexpected and scary incident at breakfast, nothing can fight off the gray.

 

That’s when Meena comes up with a plan to create the BEST and most COLORFUL Valentine’s Day Box in the class. With the help of her cousin, Eli, and her stuffed zebra, Raymond, Meena discovers that the best way to break through the blah is to let her true colors shine.

 

coming on March 24th...

MORE   Meena !   

Meena’s life is more colorful than ever. When she finds a mysterious ring that seems to give her powers, Meena sets out to prove that she's a superhero.

 

The trouble is, her best friends might not believe her, Meena's little sister wants to be more than just a sidekick, and worst of all, an incident at school makes everyone think Meena is the one who needs to be saved.

But even heroes need help from their friends sometimes. If Meena can figure that out, she might just discover her true powers...and theirs!

 
book reviews

 

I LOVE Meena! I love every pink feather, green paper scrap and shiny gold candy wrapper of this engaging, funny and heartwarming book. Karla Manternach has worked storytelling magic with Meena, a color-craving, brave-hearted third grader who shows us how to hold onto friendship, even in the midst of uncertainty--with plenty of "You Must Be Crazy Glue" and a fierce, joyful and compassionate heart. CONNIE CLARK, Living Faith Kids magazine

[F]or Junie B. graduates...A likable protagonist helms this appealing school story. KIRKUS

Meena is a girl whose personality bursts off the page. She is a high-energy mischief-maker with a secret stash of glue at the ready for pranks, a creative whiz who forages for trash to repurpose into art, and an insatiable competitor who seeks to turn every class assignment into a contest. SCHOOL LIBRARY CONNECTION

Manternach draws from her knowledge of her own nine-year-old daughter's chronic condition in telling Meena's story, adding a sold foundation to a story about how to grab all the colors in life. BOOKLIST

 

 

Meena is wondrously flawed yet totally likable. It was great fun to spend time in the mind of such a creative, complicated, earnest, and messy kid. I was rooting for her the whole way! KAROL RUTH SILVERSTEIN, Author

 

fan Art

The Box

by Raquel

Meena

by Ruby

Raymond

by Annika

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Illustrations © 2019 by Rayner Alencar and © 2020 by Mina Price.

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