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Meena Meets Her Match
2019
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Graduates of the Ramona Quimby series will adore Meena Zee as she navigates the triumphs and challenges of family, friendship, and personal secrets in this charming middle grade debut. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.
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Nine-year-old Meena is energetic, creative, and tenacious. She loves all the colors in the rainbow and makes it her mission to bring color into her life every day, even making art out of the materials she finds in her neighbor's recycling. Meena's dad tells her that everyone goes through ups and downs, but lately, Meena has been feeling odd, and her days have been filled with downs. She scribbles on her class work instead of coloring, she's been feeling sick to her stomach for a while, and worst of all, her best friend Sofía has stopped hanging out with her. Then Meena's teacher assigns a project: decorating Valentine's Day boxes. Meena's determined to make the best, brightest box ever and put the color back in her life. Occasional black-and-white line drawings enhance the text, which is suitable for younger middle-grade readers. Manternach draws from her knowledge of her own nine-year-old daughter's chronic condition in describing Meena, adding a solid foundation to a story about how to grab all the colors in life.--Rosie Camargo Copyright 2018 Booklist
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