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Aida Salazar

Autor/a de The Moon Within

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This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us (2021) — Col·laborador — 138 exemplars
Living Beyond Borders: Growing up Mexican in America (2021) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
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children's middlegrade fiction, novel in verse - 13 y.o. Elio Solis starts his 8th grade year at his STEM school with a major crush on Camelia--and she likes him back! But all of a sudden he has to navigate all the weird ups and downs of puberty as well as the toxic machismo that is expected of him; fortunately he has supportive adults (and even a nonbinary spiritual guide) who are there to help him through. CW/TW: cock-fighting (not emergency room visits that are unexpected and potentially triggering. Also, there is some (helpful) advice about masturbation--it's natural but keep it private, don't spend all your time doing it, and also don't hog the bathroom.

don't skip the author's note at the end --- I loved that the author wrote this in response to her sons' asking for books about boys going through puberty (I can't think of any either but agree that there are likely even fewer featuring Black/brown boys). I don't always like books written in verse, but I liked this and found it effective as well as very appealing to its target audience. I can't speak for how well it captures that tumultuous time for 8th grade boys, but the potentially toxic group chats Elio shares with his male friends and classmates are definitely a real problem and a lot of things in this book could be helpful to a lot of kids who maybe don't already have adults/mentors who can help guide them.

Elio incidentally has synesthetia -- visions of color that he associates with emotions; love presents itself in a brilliant rainbow of colors, especially ultraviolet. I like that he gets to learn about his culture but updated with the wisdom of his mom (and what his father has learned in loving and respecting his mom), and I like that Elio has a lot of choices to make that he doesn't always get right.
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reader1009 | Apr 18, 2024 |
Gr 3–7—This novel in verse explores family separation, deportation, and detention at the U.S.-Mexico border
through the eyes of Betita Quintero. Betita loves to write, and it's through her words that readers experience the
abounding emotions of a fourth grade girl trying to understand her family's situation. Salazar trusts her readers with
complex issues, and while the story doesn't provide the closure they may expect, Betita finds hope and her own kind
of happiness in the end. A potent book with many opportunities for discussion.… (més)
BackstoryBooks | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Apr 2, 2024 |
Gr 2–5—A gripping, cinematically presented biography of a spirited heroine who always wanted pants so she could
ride like the men. When she took up the cause of religious freedom dressed as a boy, she became Juan, known as
Mexico's Joan of Arc. Dynamic, vibrant illustrations accompany a poetic text for a thrilling story about a remarkable
BackstoryBooks | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Apr 1, 2024 |
A colorful telling of a fearless woman who denies conventions to fight for her beliefs.
sloth852 | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Mar 6, 2024 |



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