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Anna-Marie McLemore


For September we have a beautiful book full of magical realism, moons, roses and love. It explores the process of claiming your gender and identity, and how to best support and love someone in that journey with When The Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore.

The Book Box comes with gifts to open while you read, curated and created by the Alphabet Team! We also have an accompanying Podcast out at the end of September 2022.

Product Info

Publisher: ‎ Wednesday Books; Reprint edition
Date:  February 13, 2018
Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1250160102
Reading age: ‎ 12

Full Description

From the author of The Weight of Feathers comes a young adult novel about a girl hiding the truth, a boy with secrets from his past, and four sisters who could ruin them both.

Recipient of a Stonewall Honor and longlisted for the National Book Award, 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.

Content Warnings

Child abuse
Death of parent
Self harm
Suicide attempt


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