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Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

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Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Roswell by way of Laurie Halse Anderson in this astonishing, genre-bending novel about a Mexican American teen who discovers profound connections between immigration, folklore, and alien life.

It’s been three years since ICE raids and phone calls from Mexico and an ill-fated walk across the Sonoran. Three
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Expected publication: August 4th 2020
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Shannon Doleski
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything changed my soul. It nourished me. It is one of my favorite YAs I've ever read in the history of the world and young adult literature.

This book, like all beautiful art, contains layers that weave into an unforgettable story.

One layer is a YA contemp, beautifully written and plotted, about a Mexican-American teen grieving the deportation, then death, of her mother who has lived in the US since she was six months old. It is a relevant and timely
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Tanya
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to finish, Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, because I just couldn't put it down. It's the genre-bending YA book that I didn't know I needed. Truthfully, I had no idea what I was getting into, and in a way, the zero expectations I had, allowed me to take in the story organically, as if I was walking into an unfamiliar forest—not knowing what was up ahead, but enjoying the journey, tree by tree, flower by flower, leaf by leaf, rock by rock.

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Caitlin
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love genre-bending books so much! This one was especially brilliant - everything “outside reality” felt not only completely necessary, but also served to strengthen and emphasize each point the author was already making (on racism, immigration, hatred, forgiveness, kindness, strength, etc.) with even more urgency and power. This book is as poetic as it is important, and once again I am so thankful for books that introduce me to and immerse me in a perspective completely different from my own ...more
Akelly
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gilliland is a poet through and through! Sia’s voice is filled with spirituality, lyricism and sassiness. This book woke up some dormant spiritual inclinations, and I did not expect that!

She crafts a mythical, spiritual, sci-fi and altogether genre bending story. A commentary on the terrible ICE atrocity and the nuanced nature of bad and good. Also surprisingly steamy
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Jenny Moke
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Voice is so huge to me when it comes to reading, so please understand when I say SIA HAS ONE OF THE BEST VOICES I'VE READ IN A LONG LONG TIME. Like, she could describe an old shoe to me and I would be moony as hell. Vasquez Gilliland's beautiful, poetic, heartbreaking voice builds the desert world of Arizona into a wonderland of in-between spaces and histories within histories.

Artemisia is trying to mourn the death of her mother, lost in the Sonoran Desert after the local sheriff cruelly has her
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Loriel Ryon
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything is EVERYTHING. I adored this genre-bending, folklore-filled, magical YA read. It is just the kind of book that I love to read. From a Contemporary YA romance, to SCI-FI to magical realism, it has it all seamlessly interwoven in a captivating plot.

From the heartfelt Sia grieving the deportation and then death of her mother, to her high school crush, to dealing with a best friend who has a crush of her own and leaves her behind, to the most
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the fact that this book isnt even out but its gonna become a tv series.. ugh her power.. ...more
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Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet, novelist, and painter. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2017. She’s most inspired by fog and seeds and the lineages of all things. When not writing, Raquel tells stories to her plants and they tell her stories back. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved family and mountains. Raquel has published two ...more