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Book Release Celebration for "The Moon Within" by Aida Salazar
Join us for the launch of The Moon Within, with a reading by Oakland author and OPL patron Aida Salazar plus a special bomba dance and drum performance by local youth artists! Signed books will be available for purchase by local bookseller, Booklandia.
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 participating. Can she find the power within herself to take a stand for who she wants to be?
This dazzling middle grade story, told with the sensitivity, humor, and brilliant verse of debut talent Aida Salazar, has received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews!
"With conga-pulsed lyrics, Aida Salazar pulls us into the coming of age of eleven year Celi. She initiates readers into the conversation of Bomba, the girl-woman circle, divine twin energies and the many moon-tide powers of a Latina pre-teen. This is a book whose form and content, vision and depth, I find revolutionary and culturally ecstatic. In these times, here is the liberation verse our youth and all have been waiting for – Brava-Bravo!" - Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate and author of Jabberwalking
"Lovely and amazing...a heartbreaker, in every wonderful way. Salazar's vivid and accessible verse brings us the coming-of-age story we've been longing for. Poignant, funny, and deeply moving, The Moon Within is a story told with an abundance of love and respect–a gift straight from the center of Salazar's heart to readers everywhere." - Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of Eighth-Grade Superzero and co-author of Naomis Too
Aida Salazar is a writer, arts advocate and home-schooling mother whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the forthcoming middle grade verse novels, THE MOON WITHIN (Feb.26, 2019), THE LAND OF THE CRANES (Spring, 2020), the forthcoming bio picture book JOVITA WORE PANTS: THE STORY OF A REVOLUTIONARY FIGHTER (Fall, 2020) -- all published by Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic. Her story, BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, was adapted into a ballet production by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. She lives with her family of artists in a teal house in Oakland, CA.