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Full Cicada Moon

In YA Book Reviews on January 5, 2016 at 12:09 am


by Marilyn Hilton

Middle Grade/Historical Fiction/©2015/388 Pages

Publisher’s Overview (courtesy of Goodreads):

Inside Out and Back Again meets One Crazy Summer and Brown Girl Dreaming in this novel-in-verse about fitting in and standing up for what’s right

It’s 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi, moving to a predominantly white Vermont town is enough to make her feel alien. Suddenly, Mimi’s appearance is all anyone notices. She struggles to fit in with her classmates, even as she fights for her right to stand out by entering science competitions and joining Shop Class instead of Home Ec. And even though teachers and neighbors balk at her mixed-race family and her refusals to conform, Mimi’s dreams of becoming an astronaut never fade—no matter how many times she’s told no.

This historical middle-grade novel is told in poems from Mimi’s perspective over the course of one year in her new town, and shows readers that positive change can start with just one person speaking up.

My Comments:

What an incredible book! It is beautifully written in free verse, with an engaging plot and memorable characters, especially Mimi, the narrator of the story. She is one of the strongest female characters I have met in a book, and her story is one that I won’t soon forget. A strong contender for the Newbery Award for sure!!!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars