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 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.

Named one of the Year's

Best Books for Kids

by the New York Public Library


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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!

An AMAZON pick for

Best Book of the month

march 2020 

book reviews

This charming new chapter book starring a creative and lovable Mighty Girl will delight kids who love Ramona Quimby-style stories full of humor and exuberance! Manternach's pitch-perfect text will feel authentic and relatable to young readers. Highly recommended... A MIGHTY GIRL 

Meena’s escapades will rescue readers from boredom. 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 of Cursed, A Schneider Family Book Award winner


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


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