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SUMMARY æ PLANTHIREINBATH.CO.UK ¹ Aida Salazar Celi Rivera's life swirls with uestions About her changing body Her first attraction to a boy And her best friend's exploration of what it means to be genderfluidBut most of all her mo. A beautiful touching powerful important novel in verse As the parent of a ueer 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 exploration of difficult but transcendent coming of age

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CHARACTERS ñ The Moon Within à Celi Rivera's life swirls with uestions About her changing body Her first attraction to a boy And her best friend's exploration of what it means to be genderfluidBut 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 r Rticipating Can she find the power within herself to take a stand for who she wants to beA dazzling story told with the sensitivity humor and brilliant verse of debut talent Aida Salaz. this was so stunning i could cry this is the book i needed as a preteenactual rating 455 stars

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The Moon WithinTher'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 pa. 35 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 when her first period arrives But Celi is adamant that she doesn’t want to share that experience with her body with other women in the community There is a lot of diverse cultural representation in this story Celi is Mexican and Puerto Rican and we see elements of both of those cultures The moon ceremony her mother wants to have is an ancestral Mexica ritual and we also see the bomba dance and drumming from her Puerto Rican background My only real complaint is about the writing The book is written in verse and I didn’t really see the point in that I didn’t feel a sense of rhythm or see anything stylistically that made it being written in verse necessary So while I found the plot to be excellent the writing brought down how much I was able to connect with the story Perhaps if there was an audiobook and I could’ve listened to it then I would’ve enjoyed it Generally speaking I enjoy books in verse when I listen to them I think the plot of this book is great and I’m sure it’ll be helpful for younger readers to see these types of topics in books I’d definitely recommend reading it especially if you aren’t as picky when it comes to reading books in verse