Northport K-8 students in Mala Woessner’s eighth grade classes have utilized a book from a text set of materials from the September 11, 2001 tragedy collection. The collection is a thorough learning series of books, dvds, poems, children’s literature texts, news clippings and a variety of other materials to round out student understanding of the events of 9/11. The book selected is called Shine Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger. The book was selected to address the needs of readers from grades 7-12. The main character of the book is Samar, an Indian American teenager. The setting is post 9/11. Sam has been raised away from the strict mores of the Indian culture and is “totally Americanized.” Neighborhood boys attack her uncle screaming, “Go home Osama!” Shine Coconut Moon is timely, relevant for teens and explores self identity, cultural identity and social marginalization. Mrs. Woessner utilized the book as an analytical analysis piece for her Critical Thinking classes.
Author: LYNNE Gruszka
Northport K-8 School Media and Marketing Specialist