When the Moon Was Ours (Hardcover)

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Gretchen's rec: This is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time. The prose is an effortless magical realism grounded in real world life and stories. The romance is frank and supported by true and complex feeling and community, and parental figures get to be just as flawed, human, and loving as the teens. The trans characters get to be real people, with real lives and concerns of which being trans is integral but not overwhelming--just like real life. This book breaks the mold of YA about trans kids by turning away from the Issue Story and drawing deep on the characters' personalities, cultures, and experiences to center them in a story that highlights their humanity without being an after school special. Sam and Miel will be with me for a long long time. — From Gretchen's Picks

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Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

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.

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 want the 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.

Atmospheric, dynamic, and packed with gorgeous prose, When the Moon was Ours is another winner from this talented author.

About the Author


ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and grew up in a Mexican-American family. She attended University of Southern California on a Trustee Scholarship. A Lambda Literary Fellow, she has had work featured by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, CRATE Literary Magazine's cratelit, Camera Obscura's Bridge the Gap Series, and The Portland Review. She is the author of The Weight of Feathers and When the Moon was Ours.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250058669
ISBN-10: 125005866X
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English