The Moon Within
by Aida Salazar


Overview - * "A worthy successor to Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret set in present-day Oakland." -- Kirkus Reviews , starred review

Celi Rivera's life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy.  Read more...


 
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Overview
* "A worthy successor to Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret set in present-day Oakland." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Celi Rivera's life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend's exploration of what it means to be genderfluid.

But most of all, her mother's insistence she have a moon ceremony when her first period arrives. It's an ancestral Mexica ritual that Mima and her community have reclaimed, but Celi promises she will NOT be participating. Can she find the power within herself to take a stand for who she wants to be?

A dazzling story told with the sensitivity, humor, and brilliant verse of debut talent Aida Salazar.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781338283372
  • ISBN-10: 1338283375
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Publish Date: February 2019
  • Page Count: 240
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Adolescence & Coming of Age
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - Hispanic & Latino
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship

 
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The Moon Within

Debut author Aida Salazar’s The Moon Within is an important coming-of-age tale of a girl learning about her changing body and all of the questions and revelations that come along with it. 

Celi Rivera is a mixed-race girl with black, Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage, and she’s on the brink of womanhood. She’s dealing with her first attraction to a boy, her best friend’s questions about gender identity and, most infuriatingly, her mother’s insistence that she participate in a moon ceremony when her first period arrives. Celi prefers to keep her journey private, but her mother can’t understand why Celi doesn’t want to celebrate these exciting changes with her community. Soon, a rift forms between mother and daughter, but can the two find some common ground and mark this event in a way that honors both of their wishes?

Salazar’s use of verse in this story adds a layer of raw emotion and honesty that makes the reading experience all the more poignant. The Moon Within is both unique and universal, relatable to women and girls everywhere and singular in its context within Latinx culture. Salazar handles this story with beauty and grace, giving young girls a picture of what it means to stand in your own power and reclaim your own story. 

 
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