The Moon Within

The Moon Within

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 p Celi Rivera's life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend...

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Title:The Moon Within
Author:Aida Salazar
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Genres:Childrens
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

The Moon Within Reviews

  • Shelley
    Apr 19, 2019
    3.5? Celi is dealing with a big crush, her impending period, and her best friend beginning to live his authentic life as genderfluid/xochiuah. I really, really love that there's a book about a menstruation. This is a topic that has been considered taboo for far too long, and it does al...
  • David
    Mar 27, 2018
    A beautiful, touching, powerful, important novel in verse! As the parent of a queer daughter who struggled with her own physical transformation, I would have loved to have had this book for her. Parents, young girls, and xochihuah everywhere are going to benefit from Aida's moving expl...
  • Liz
    Mar 16, 2019
    Passing this one along to my younger daughter. Such a powerful little book. ...
  • Tasha
    Feb 21, 2019
    Celi loves to dance, especially when her best friend is drumming. She?s danced since she was a toddler, but now everything else seems to be changing. Her body is changing into a woman?s body. She has a crush on a boy. She has to figure out how to support her best friend being gende...
  • Emily
    Dec 12, 2018
    This middle grade novel in verse blew my mind a little. It's so beautifully body-positive and gender-expansive, which is a phrased used by the author that I've now adopted into my lexicon. The main character Celi is, with every fiber in her body, resisting her mom's insistence that...
  • Yamile Méndez
    Jan 20, 2018
    I had the privilege of reading this story still in manuscript form and I?m overcome by admiration, love, and Hope. This is such a needed story that will bless kids? lives forever. I love it and I can?t wait for it to be out in the world! ??? ...
  • Deanna
    Nov 21, 2018
    2019, Realistic, verse novel, coming of age, family Celi's body is changing and her mother celebrates these changes even tho Celi is embarrassed about them. She is wearing a bra, growing hair in different places and is waiting to get her period (reminds me of Judy Blume's books from...
  • MaryLibrarianOH
    Jan 05, 2019
    Celia is half Black and half Mexican. A beautifully told story of the tradition of holding a moon celebration in honor of a girl?s first period, even if the girl isn?t so sure she wants the party. Also woven in is her best friend who is gender fluid. And, it?s written in verse! F...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 01, 2019
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus In this novel in verse, we hear Celi's thoughts as she navigates her life in Oakland, California. Her close knit family watches her closely, and her Mima (mother) is sure that Celi will soon require a "moon ceremony" as puberty descends. Celi doesn't want e...
  • Akoss
    Mar 15, 2019
    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Released 2/26/19 Celi?s Mima is very vocal about women?s body, especially Celi?s as she is going through the change that come...
  • Shawna (BacchusVines)
    Apr 12, 2019
    Handing out those 5 stars like it's nothing. I really, really enjoyed this. My only complaint is that it's in verse instead of prose (is that the word?). But I still enjoyed it nonetheless. ...
  • Carla
    Nov 30, 2018
    I was excited about this book when I read the blurb before I got an arc at NCTE conference and now after having read it, I must say I was impacted on so many levels. I started my teaching journey as a middle grade bilingual teacher with Latinx students and this is the book I?d teach ...
  • Erica
    Jan 31, 2019
    I read the ARC on the airplane to Tokyo, and then left it at the SpaceHostelTokyo. The person who picked it up to read it was interested in reading about my home - the San Francisco Bay Area - he was a Japanese college student who worked at the hostel at the desk and also teaching ...
  • Jenna (Falling Letters)
    Feb 09, 2019
    Review originally published 12 February 2019 at Falling Letters. The Moon Within establishes on page one what kind of story its telling. In some ways, it?s a middle grade story we haven?t heard so directly for many years (young girl dealing with her period and other changes). In...
  • Neville Longbottom
    Apr 02, 2019
    3.5 - The Moon Within is a touching middle grade story about a young girl, Celi Rivera, as she adjusts to her changing body, gets a crush on a boy, and learns what it means to be supportive to her genderfluid best friend. On top of all of this Celi?s mom wants to have a moon ceremony...
  • Garren
    Apr 02, 2019
    This novel in verse follows an 11 year old girl, Celi, of mixed heritage as she approaches her first period, experiences her first sexual attraction to a boy, and finds that her tomboyish best friend thinks of himself as a boy, at least sometimes. This is a book written with English/Sp...
  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    Feb 06, 2019
    **I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher which does not influence my review** The Moon Within, Aida Salazar?s middle grade debut, is a novel I wish I could gift my eleven-year-old self. Celi is on the brink of turning twelve and she, along with the world around her...
  • Ellen
    Mar 25, 2019
    I'm going to give this one a 5 because, while I'm not a fan of poetry or books that are written as poetry, I was really into the incorporation of indigenous Mexican rituals in the story. The story divides its time equally between two issues. The first is the main character's developing...
  • Andrew
    Jan 09, 2019
    The Moon Within is a beautiful yet no-frills story that focuses on Celi's coming of age-- her first period, her first crush, and the traditions of her Indigenous (Aztec) ancestors that celebrate these changes. Another focus is Celi's best friend, Magda/Marco, who has realized he is tra...
  • Kathie
    Jan 26, 2019
    ALL THE STARS!!!! Thank you to the author and the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book. It was one of my most anticipated middle grade books of 2019, and although its early in the year, I have a hard time believing it won't be on a list of my very favorites at the end of the ye...
  • Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
    Feb 02, 2019
    This was such a great book in body, self love, friendship, family, community, and acceptance. There is so much to say and learn from this book! It's written in verse making it a fast read, but it was amazing. The way she describes the dancing and music, to the way she taps into Celi's ...
  • Stephanie Bange
    Mar 12, 2019
    Note: Reviewed from an ARC This is one of the most widely reviewed books I have read this year, with good reason. Celi, a biracial Latinx girl aged 11 going on 12, finds her world rocked by the raging hormones of adolescent childhood: her body changes from that of a child to th...
  • Aliza Werner
    Mar 06, 2019
    I?m at a loss for words as I catch my breath after finishing this book. This powerful story, told in verse, had me in tears as it redefined girl power narratives. Celi?s body is changing through puberty. As she battles with her inner feelings about her inevitable menstruation, her ...
  • Francesca Flores
    Mar 09, 2019
    This book was gorgeous ? ...
  • Calvin Read
    Apr 16, 2019
    I can't say enough good things about this book. I consider this book indispensable for all children who experience menstruation when they come of age. Celi is a young bi-racial xicana woman, the daughter of a holistic healer and a bomba drummer. Celi has had music in her DNA since s...
  • Rachel Rickard
    Dec 04, 2018
    There is so much to love about this coming-of-age verse novel, including its excellent author?s note that calls readers to thoughtfully engage with the book?s subject matter. Though I found some poems to be less effective than others, The Moon Within is, as a whole, beautifully wri...
  • Vanessa
    Mar 15, 2019
    The messages here are good. But the formatting wasn't my thing. But. I'm not sure I would have liked it any better in prose... I also would have liked a glossary. There's a fair amount of Spanish and other... non... Spanish but South American languages(?). I found it difficult,...
  • Carolina
    Jan 10, 2019
    this was so stunning, i could cry. this is the book i needed as a preteen. actual rating: 4.5/5 stars ...
  • Kendall Ball
    Apr 01, 2019
    Wow. Celi is a Afrolatinx girl who is growing up. She has a best friend, a crush, and is waiting on her period. In many ways, this is a classic story. In other ways, it?s completely revolutionary. Celi has amazing group of women around that affirm her body and womanhood. They...
  • NoNieqa Ramos
    Feb 25, 2019
    A sacred celebratory text that grants every child the right to safe passage in their journey of self discovery. The ancestors smile on this work. Buying a class set ASAP. ...