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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

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 years since Sia Martinez’s mom disappeared. Sia wants to move on, but it’s hard in her tiny Arizona town where people refer to her mom’s deportation as "an unfortunate incident." 

Sia knows that her mom must be dead, but every new moon, Sia drives into the desert and lights San Anthony and la Guadalupe candles to guide her mom home.

Then one night, under a million stars, Sia’s life and the world as we know it cracks wide open. Because a blue-lit spacecraft crashes in front of Sia’s car...and it’s carrying her mom, who’s very much alive.

As Sia races to save her mom from armed-quite-possibly-alien soldiers, she uncovers secrets as profound as they are dangerous in this stunning and inventive exploration of first love, family, immigration, and our vast, limitless universe.

©2020 Raquel Vasquez Gilliland. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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...and that might be too much for some. For me it was glorious. So many truths wrapped up in a delightful story of teenagers who understand the world too well, yet still see its wonder. Sia and the Moonlight Beginning of Everything is a fable for right now, enriched with Mexican-American and Indigenous lore, multiple cultures, spirituality, and "alien" hunters (of both kinds). I'll be recommending this one widely.

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