January 23, 2019 – Booklandia has proudly announced the launch of the pre-order campaign, #preorderthemoonwithin, of The Moon Within by Aida Salazar published by the Scholastic Imprint Arthur A. Levine available February 26th, 2019. This highly praised middle grade novel in verse is a perfect coming-of-age story that revolved around an eleven-year-old girl Celi Rivera of Oakland, California.  The reader will be immersed in her journey navigating friendship, family tradition, and growing up.

Pre-orders via Booklandia will receive a signed copy of the book when ordered before February 26th, 2019. Founded in the fall of 2016, Booklandia specializes in Spanish and Bilingual books for children and teens through subscription book boxes, book sets for schools, hospitals, organizations, book fairs and pop up events. “We have expanded our business to include books by Latinx authors written in English to further celebrate our culture. The Moon Within is a perfect fit because not only is it beautifully written, Aida Salazar was able to portray a loving friendship between Celi and her best friend Mar as he is transitioning in his gender identity while also portraying the confusion a young girl faces when entering menstruation and the beauty of learning about a moon ceremony that her mother wants. We value the diversity in our community and believe that #representationmatters in every aspect. The Moon Within  is the book I wanted to read when I was coming of age as a young Latina in Brooklyn,” stated Maceo Cabrera Estevez of Booklandia.  

Maceo Cabrera Estevez is a California based Latina homeschooling mom and she runs Booklandia with a Texas based homeschooling mom Izzie Chea. Booklandia’s headquarters is in Oakland, CA.

Aida Salazar is a writer, arts advocate, and homeschooling mother who grew up in South East LA, and her writings have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post, Women and Performance: Journal of Feminist Theory, and Huizache Magazine.  Her short story, By the Light of the Moon, was adapted into a ballet by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. Aida lives with her family of artists in a teal house in Oakland, CA

Advanced 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

“This novel contains rich descriptions of Mexica rituals and provides a unique perspective on gender fluidity and the bonds of unbreakable friendship.” — School Library Journal, starred review 

“An authentically middle school voice and diverse Latinx cast make this book a standout.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“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

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