The Friday 56: The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
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“Everything I think is


Friends that are


A boy I like

isn’t mine

but everyone’s


no one’s.”

I loved Aida Salazar’s The Moon Within, a MG novel-in-verse that deals with menstruation and finding your ancestral roots. I loved how open and accepting this novel is, and it’s one I wish I could have had as an eleven-year-old girl. Read my ARC review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “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.”

18 thoughts on “The Friday 56: The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

  1. I am adding this one to my wish list right now. It sounds amazing. And it sounds like something I’d like to have on my shelf for my daughter when she’s a little older. Thank you for sharing!

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