The Moon Within

The Moon Within

by Aida Salazar


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ISBN-13: 9781338283372
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 90,412
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Aida Salazar is a writer, arts advocate, and home-schooling mother who grew up in South East LA. She received an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, and her writings have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post, Women and Performance: Journal of Feminist Theory, and Huizache Magazine. Her short story, By the Light of the Moon, was adapted into a ballet by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. Aida lives with her family of artists in a teal house in Oakland, CA.

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The Moon Within 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
boricuareads 4 months ago
Salazar writes about the world of a twelve year old named Celi. It is a world that’s at once scary and thrilling. Celi is on the verge of her teenage years but still hasn’t gotten her period. Her mother warns her that her period will be arriving soon and when it does they’ll have to celebrate it with a Moon Ceremony. Celi isn’t just dealing with this dilemma, but also has to wade through: a crush on a cute boy, a girl determined to make her life miserable, and a best friend who’s questioning their identity. These three characters make up the subplot of this story, as Celi’s friend comes out as Marco, or Mar in public, and begins using he/him pronouns (at the beginning the friend uses the name that was assigned to him at birth as well as she/her pronouns because he hasn’t come out to anyone). Though Celi accepts her friend’s gender exploration and immediately starts using his new name and pronouns, not everyone is as kind as Celi, including her crush. There are some moments of misgendering and transphobic taunting from other peers, but they’re all confronted on the page. All in all, at the center, The Moon Within is a sweet story about acceptance, be it an acceptance of self, or acceptance of Otherness. It’s a novel full of honesty and earnestness, an Afro-Latina of mixed Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage investigates how to traverse through the fine line between girlhood and adulthood in which girls of color are thrust upon, all with the help of loving friends and family. I can’t wait for a girl who’s trying to figure out how to go about a world that is constantly condescending and attacking her existence to read this book and feel elevated and loved, much in the same way I felt as I read. When I finished reading, I closed the book, hugged it to my chest and gently kissed the front cover. I couldn’t believe I was given such a great gift. I hope this review convinces you to get this book to someone struggling to love their body and themselves. I can’t wait for Salazar’s next books. Some content/trigger warnings: misgendering and transphobic remarks (all confronted on the page), menstruation, gender dysphoria, racism (mean girl makes pointed remark about Celi being of mixed heritage)