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Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by [Raquel Vasquez Gilliland]
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“In a world where we are so often dividing ourselves into us and them, this book feels like a kind of magic, celebrating all beliefs, ethnicities, and unknowns.”The New York Times Book Review

“Gilliland weaves sci-fi and magic into a stunning contemporary story that sticks with you long after the first time you read it.” BuzzFeed

“Magic dances on each page, along with love, heartbreak, and so much more. It’s a book unlike any other, one that even if you know how it ends, you’ll still be surprised.” Culturess

“Luminous, genre-bending, and out of this world.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Uses lyrical prose to weave between contemporary themes of grief, sexual assault, and racial trauma; magical realism elements grounded in Mexican American culture; and a sci-fi adventure based on real issues surrounding government control over marginalized, undocumented bodies…This is a genre-defying read that is certain to keep readers engaged.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Impressively fluid. . . Sia is a complex and memorable protagonist who draws on all of the best parts of herself and her loved ones to grow, adapt, and overcome her losses.” BCCB, starred review

“Amid the surprising plot twists is a thoughtful exploration of humanity, emphasizing that, though no one is perfect, no one is beyond redemption, either.” Booklist

“Gilliland uses lush descriptions of setting and desert imagery paired with lively dialogue to craft a story that blends science fiction with Mexican folklore, all within a contemporary young adult novel that explores grief, friendship, immigration, consent, and the powerful bond between mother and daughter.” SLJ

“The book teems with vivid imagery and explicit social commentary. . . . Vasquez Gilliland skillfully sows the seeds of science fiction and magical realism early in the story, and like Sia’s maíz, they have been waiting for just the right time to bloom.” BookPage

"Sia’s story is a startlingly beautiful blend of so many things: mythology, spirituality, and the stark realities of racism and deportation in the U.S.; coming of age and first love; and all the best pop-culture sci-fi. And aliens! And a kick-ass girl full of heart! You’ll believe in these characters, and in the wonders around them. Go, Sia!" —Kristin Cashore, New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm series and Jane, Unlimited

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Sia and her father, a park ranger, live alone in the Arizona desert mourning the disappearance of Sia's mother after she was deported to Mexico, escaped, and attempted to walk across the Sonoran Desert to return home. Years have passed and while most people believe Sia's mother has died, she still makes a monthly trek out to the desert during the new moon to perform a candlelit ritual she hopes will guide her mother home. Sia encounters new student Noah during one of her desert rituals and though she is initially bothered by his intrusion in her sacred space, she soon discovers an undeniable attraction to him, especially when the duo is paired up to work on a school assignment. This new relationship wreaks havoc on Sia's friendship with Rose, who senses that Noah is harboring a secret. When Sia and Noah witness an unidentified flying object crash in the desert, they are shocked to see Sia's mother emerge from the wreckage. Though her homecoming is joyous, it is also cause for concern as Sia's mother is no longer entirely human. Debut author Gilliland uses lush descriptions of setting and desert imagery paired with lively dialogue to craft a story that blends science fiction with Mexican folklore, all within a contemporary young adult novel that explores grief, friendship, immigration, consent, and the powerful bond between mother and daughter. VERDICT The first book in what promises to be a hot new series, this is a highly recommended purchase for most collections.-Samantha Lumetta, P.L. of Cincinnati and Hamilton Countyα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07Z44G2W1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 11, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 11, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4322 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 431 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1534448632
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 80 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite YA ever!
By Journeyto100km on October 10, 2020
SIA MARTINEZ AND THE MOONLIT BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland🌙 🌟 🌵 👽

This is by far my favorite YA! I’ve never felt so seen and understood! This book takes place in the Arizona desert among the endless starry skies, saguaro cactus, and supernatural veil between us and the afterlife. And there’s aliens. Us AZ kids grow up obsessed with aliens & space btw. Vasquez Gilliland is a master poet, and her cadence and structure of this book reads like a mix of journal entries sprinkled with verse. It’s the most genre bending book I’ve ever read, and that’s what I love most about it! Contemporary teen romance, coming of age, speculative fiction, poetic, Magical, and Sci Fi!

The story is told through 16 year old Artemisia’s eyes after she loses her mother to deportation and a harrowing journey back across the desert. Sia lives with her dad, stands up against racism, and ICE, is well trained in self defense. She’s deeply connected to her abuela who visits her in her corn patch on the warm desert breeze, offering advice when most needed, like abuelas muertas do. Sia and her best friend Rose have such a supportive friendship and help each other through some big life changing events! Sia drives out to the desert almost every night to light candles to guide her mom home through the desert, in hopes that’s she’s still out there 3 years later... and well you’ve gotta read the rest! This book turns into an action packed adventure of survival and badass women taking care of business and standing up for each other!

I love everything about this book and I instantly went and bought all the author’s other works. I truly believe this book found me because it wasn’t on my radar at all. It’s changed my life and brought me so much solace and confidence as a Chicana!

#SiaMartinesAndTheMoonlitBeginningOfEverything #RaquelVasquezGilliland #IReadYA

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