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Calling the Moon

16 Period Stories from BIPOC Authors

Aida Salazar (Editor), Yamile Saied Mendez (Editor)


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An essential, highly relatable collection of short fiction and poems around the topic of menstruation, written exclusively by authors who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color

For Angela, it came on the basketball court—while playing on the boys’ team. For Penny, it came on a school field trip to the lake (making for some cringeworthy moments of humor). And to Layla’s disappointment, it came at the start of her first fasting Ramadan, meaning that she won't be able to fast after all. Whether it spurs silence or celebration, whether the subjects are well prepared or totally in the dark, the young people in these sixteen stories find that getting a period not only brings change to their bodies, it also brings joy, sorrow, self-discovery, and yes, sometimes even gifts.

Edited by Aida Salazar and Yamile Saied Méndez and featuring BIPOC contributors who are some of the most talented authors in middle-grade fiction today—including two-time 2021 Newbery Honoree Christina Soontornvat, Erin Entrada Kelly, Ibi Zoboi, and Saadia Faruqi—My New Gift offers coming-of-age stories and poetry ranging from funny to heartbreaking to powerful, all of them reassuring readers that they are not alone in their period journey.

With contributions by:
Hilda Eunice Burgos
Veeda Bybee
Susan Muaddi Darraj
Saadia Faruqi
Nikki Grimes
Leah Henderson
Mason J.
Erin Entrada Kelly
Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Elise McMullen-Ciotti
Yamile Saied Méndez
Emma Otheguy
Aida Salazar
Christina Soontornvat
Padma Venkatraman
Ibi Zoboi

Candlewick, 9781536216349, 368pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2022

About the Author

Aida Salazar is the author of the middle-grade verse novels The Moon Within and The Land of the Cranes. A founding member of Las Musas, a Latinx kidlit author collective, and Latinx Luna, a collective working to challenge period stigma in Latinx communities, Aida Salazar lives with her family in Oakland, California.

Yamile Saied Méndez is the author of several children's books, including the picture book Where Are You From? and the YA book Furia, for which she won a Pura Belpré Author Award. Her writing is also featured in several anthologies, including Take the Mic, Come On In, and Rural Voices. She lives with her family in Arizona.