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When the Moon Was Ours
by Anna-marie Mclemore


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Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Anna-Marie McLemore s debut novel The Weight of Feathers was greeted with rave reviews, a YALSA Morris Award nomination, and spots on multiple Best YA Novels lists.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Anna-Marie McLemore s debut novel The Weight of Feathers was greeted with rave reviews, a YALSA Morris Award nomination, and spots on multiple Best YA Novels lists. Now, McLemore delivers a second stunning and utterly romantic novel, again tinged with magic.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

Atmospheric, dynamic, and packed with gorgeous prose, When the Moon was Ours is another winner from this talented author.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250058669
  • ISBN-10: 125005866X
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-18


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

As she did in The Weight of Feathers, McElmore blends magical elements with a culturally vibrant cast to create a haunting modern fairy tale. At its heart are two best friends turned lovers: Miel, a girl rumored to be born of a water tower who grows roses from her forearms, and Sam who, in keeping with the Pakistani tradition of bacha posh, has been raised as a boy, and now has no interest in living as anything but. Magic, myth, and legend are woven into the fabric of their town, and Miel and Sams relationship is complicated when the four Bonner sisters, who are rumored to be witches, come to believe that Miels roses will help restore their influence over the towns boys. Lush, reverential language remains a hallmark of McElmores work, and while the storys momentum can suffer as a result, readers interested in gender identity and the pull of family and history will find this to be an engrossing exploration of these and other powerful themes. Ages 12up. Agent: Taylor Martindale Kean, Full Circle Literary. (Oct.)

 
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