The Moon Within

Written By Aida Salazar

Cover Art Joe Cepeda

Published byArthur Levine Books

Edited by Nick Thomas

February 26, 2019

Grades 3-7 


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? 

A dazzling story told with the sensitivity, humor, and brilliant verse of debut talent Aida Salazar.

Read The Kirkus Review Of The Moon Within 

Advance Praise for The Moon Within:

"This is a fascinating tale that blends ancestral traditions from two cultures, while portraying modern dilemmas. Salazar's poetry is as lovely and graceful as the dance scenes."

-- Margarita Engle, National Young People's Poet Laureate and Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree

"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



1.0" H x 7.6" L x 5.8" W (0.65 lbs) 240 pages

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