NEVER FEAR, MEENA'S HERE! by Karla Manternach


From the "Meena Zee" series
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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The further growing ups and downs of the one and only Meena Zee, first introduced in Meena Meets Her Match (2019).

When Meena, who continues seeing treasure in other people’s trash, finds a beautiful and mysterious ring in the school parking lot, she plans to save it for when Inspiration strikes. Moments later, she saves a schoolmate from certain doom. Meena is a hero! Just as the spider did for Peter Parker, the Ring must have activated her superpowers, right? Now, Meena sees proof everywhere that she’s a superhero (she makes it to the top of the good-behavior chart for the first time, and she turns her mother’s boring gray accounting spreadsheet into a rainbow), but the one person who matters most isn’t convinced. As Meena tests her powers, her friendship with best friend Sofía is also put to the test. The Ring can’t save Meena from epilepsy, a condition that plays an important role in the plot but doesn’t define it. She manages it, with her family’s help, in moments of gentle humor. If Harriet M. Welsch had a literary little sister, it would be offbeat Meena. Readers not quite ready for Harriet the Spy will discover along with Meena that, perhaps, the power of true friendship is all that matters. Cover art shows Meena as white, and there are indications that Spanish-speaking Sofía is Mexican American. Assume whiteness elsewhere.

Meena’s escapades will rescue readers from boredom. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 24th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-5344-2820-1
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2020