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Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

(2020)
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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.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Sia's story is a startlingly beautiful blend of so many things: mythology, spirituality, and the stark realities of racism and deportation in the U.S.; coming of age and first love; and all the best pop-culture sci-fi. And aliens! And a kick-ass girl full of heart! You'll believe in these characters, and in the wonders around them. Go, Sia!" - Kristin Cashore


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Hardback Editions

August 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
Author(s): Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
ISBN: 1-5344-4863-2 / 978-1-5344-4863-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

August 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
Author(s): Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
ISBN: 1-5344-4864-0 / 978-1-5344-4864-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Audio Editions

August 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
Author(s): Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
ISBN: 1-79711-082-9 / 978-1-79711-082-0
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
Author(s): Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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August 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
Author(s): Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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August 2020 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
Author(s): Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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