Title: Never Fear, Meena’s Here!
Author: Karla Manternach
Reviewed by: Michaelene M
Never Fear, Meena’s Here! is a middle grade novel and sequel to Meena Meets Her Match.
Meena is walking out of school one day when she finds a rainbow ring on the ground. Moments later, she’s saving another student from of a moving car, and everyone is calling her a hero. There’s only one explanation—the rainbow ring has given Meena superhero powers. She just doesn’t know what they are yet.
As she explores how best to save her fellow students, Meena begins to realize that maybe saving others through superhero feats isn’t the only way to make a difference.
This novel is engaging and imaginative, and with Meena at the helm, laughter and adventure (and yes, even a little trouble) is sure to follow. Meena is courageous, and impulsive, and she lives in bright color. Her story line features a lot of growth, especially the interactions between her and her father.
Meena wants to be just another kid when she has her seizures, but there’s part of her that wants to be different and unique and save everyone—including herself. The exploration of who she is and who she is coming to be, as well as how she sees herself, leads to growth in understanding her own actions, her own choices, and understanding her epilepsy.
This book is all about believing in yourself and that sometimes, being an everyday superhero is what the world needs.
Never Fear, Meena’s Here! is available in the library’s physical collection. Call us at 580-234-6313 to place a hold.