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When the moon was ours /

by McLemore, Anna-Marie [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.Edition: First edition.Description: viii, 273 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781250058669 (hardcover); 125005866X (hardcover).Subject(s): Friendship -- Fiction | Love -- Fiction | Transgender people -- Fiction | Secrets -- Fiction | Magic -- Fiction | Best friends -- Juvenile fiction | Transgenderism -- Juvenile fiction | Magic -- Juvenile fiction | Secrecy -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult fiction | Young adult fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fiction | Juvenile works | Young adult works | Science fiction | Fantasy fiction | Young adult fictionSummary: As their deep friendship turns to love, Latina teenager Miel, who grows roses from her wrist, and Italian-Pakistani Samir, a transgender boy, fear their secrets will be exposed by the beautiful Bonner girls, four sisters rumored to be witches.
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<p> Winner of the 2016 Tiptree Award! <br> Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature <br> Stonewall Book Award Honor<br> <br> "McLemore's second novel is such a lush surprising fable, you half expect birds to fly out of the pages... McLemore uses the supernatural to remind us that the body's need to speak its truth is primal and profound, and that the connection between two people is no more anyone's business than why the dish ran away with the spoon."<br> --Jeff Giles, New York Times Book Review <br> <br> Anna-Marie McLemore's debut novel The Weight of Feathers was greeted with rave reviews, a YALSA Morris Award nomination, and spots on multiple "Best YA Novels" lists. Now, McLemore delivers a second stunning and utterly romantic novel, again tinged with magic.<br> <br> To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they wantthe roses that grow from Miel's skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.<br> <br> Atmospheric, dynamic, and packed with gorgeous prose, When the Moon was Ours is another winner from this talented author.</p>

As their deep friendship turns to love, Latina teenager Miel, who grows roses from her wrist, and Italian-Pakistani Samir, a transgender boy, fear their secrets will be exposed by the beautiful Bonner girls, four sisters rumored to be witches.

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Horn Book Review

If Jeffrey Eugenidess characters were to walk out of his books and into Laura Esquivels, you might get When the Moon Was Ours, the trappings of which add more verisimilitude than found in your average work of magical realism. In an unnamed town that could be in the American Southwest or somewhere in Latin America, seven young adults stand out from the otherwise vanilla, ordinary-seeming residents: Sam (short for Samir), a boy who is different because he is Pakistani; Miel, who scares people because roses grow out of her wrist; Aracely, a curandera who is loved when she helps townspeople get over heartbreak but reviled as a witch when they dont need her; and the four Bonner sisters, or las gringas bonitas, who have a strange hold over any boy in town they wish to possessexcept Sam. Everyone has a secret, but each also has knowledge about someone elses. For example, Miel keeps Sams secret: that Sam is in fact female and lives as a boy because of bacha posh, in which families without sons choose one daughter to present as a boy until adulthood in order to ensure social advantages and safety of the rest of the family. Not a casual, quick read (and more dense and convoluted in places than readers may have patience for), the book nevertheless provides a careful, thoughtful examination of gender, guilt, fear, and forgiveness, weaving together cultural traditions from Pakistan, Latin America, and the United States in unexpected ways. sarah hannah gmez (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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