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When the Moon Was Ours

by Anna-Marie McLemore

Published by Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Griffin, 2016
273 pages pages
ISBN: 978-1-250-05866-9

Age 14 and older

Miel and Sam have been friends since the day Miel, drenched and scared, appeared in a field where a water tower had just been drained in Samís town. Miel is haunted by snippets of memory that include a curandero father long gone, and a mother and older brother who drowned--in the wind she sometimes hears her motherís cries. But Miel has Aracely, the young woman who raised her, curer of lovesick, broken hearts, and Sam, who hangs the moon for her. Miel is one of the few who knows Sam is really Samira. He and his mother moved to town when Sam was small so he could live as a boy. The practice, from his motherís Pakistani heritage, is called bacha posh and typically ends in adolescence. But Miel understands that it expresses who Sam is, now and forever. The Bonner Girls, las gringas bonitas, are four sisters who once could make any boy fall in love with them, but not anymore. Ivy Bonner believes the roses that grow from Mielís wrist, the roses Miel see as her curse, can restore the sistersí power. When Ivy learns Samís secret, Miel knows sheíll do what Ivy wants to protect the boy she loves. Latin American magical realism is foundational to this lush, sensual, astounding work graced by characters that are exquisitely, exceptionally human. Thick with secrets, this is a story of love and family and the power of speaking one's truth. ©2017 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center


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