Neesha Meminger
finding truth and sharing it, one story at a time

Books



Shine, Coconut Moon (March, 2009)
ISBN-Hdcvr 978-1-4169-5495-8
ISBN-Pbk 978-1-4424-0305-5
ISBN-eBook 978-1-4391-5835-7
Ages 14 & up

Summary:
Samar--a.k.a. Sam--has never known much about her Indian heritage because her mom has deliberately cut ties with her old-fashioned family. It's never bothered Sam, who is busy with school, friends, and a really cute, but demanding boyfriend. But things change after 9/11 when a guy in a turban shows up at Sam's house and turns out to be her uncle. He wants to reconcile the family and teach Sam about her Sikh heritage. Sam isn't sure what to do, until a girl at school calls her a coconut--brown on the outside, white on the inside. That decides it: Why shouldn't Sam get to know her family? What is her mom so afraid of? But when some boys attack her uncle, Sam realizes she could be in danger--and also discovers how dangerous ignorance can be. Can Sam find a way to bridge two worlds and make them both her own?


Into the Wise Dark
(March, 2012)
ISBN-Pbk
978-0-983-1583-2-5
ISBN-eBook
978-0-983-1583-3-2
Ages 14 & up


Summary:
Pammi has a Secret--she is an Able. At night, she travels through time to an ancient city called Zanum. She's been visiting Zanum since she was seven and she's kept it a secret from everyone--including her own mother. Especially her mother. Everything's been fine...until now.
On the night of an important Zanum ceremony, Pammi follows her gut instinct and defies an elder's orders, inadvertently leading evil directly to the door of the city she loves. Now the evil that plans to wipe out the city is coming after her. Can she save herself, and Zanum, before it's too late? Or will she seal the doom of all Ables and witness the annihilation of everyone she loves?

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Jazz in Love
(January, 2011)
ISBN-Pbk 978-0-9831583-0-1
ISBN-eBook 978-0-9831583-1-8
Ages 14 & up


Summary:
Jasbir, otherwise known as Jazz, has always been a stellar student and obedient, albeit wise-cracking, daughter. Everything has gone along just fine - she has good friends in the "genius" program she's been in since kindergarten, her teachers and principal adore her, and her parents dote on her. But now, in her junior year of high school, her mother hears that Jazz was seen hugging a boy on the street, and goes ballistic. Mom immediately implements the Guided Dating Plan, which includes setting up blind dates with "suitable," pre-screened Indian candidates. There's only one problem: Jazz has her sights set on the very UNsuitable new hottie at school. When Jazz makes a few out-of-the-ordinary decisions, everything explodes, and she realizes she'll need a lot more than her genius education to get out of the huge mess she's created. Can Jazz find a way to follow her own heart and still stay in the good graces of her parents?