FULL CICADA MOON -- a powerful and evocative novel told in verse form shows readers that positive change can start with just one person speaking up
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton (2015, Dial Books; 343 pages)
Though it takes some time to get accustomed to reading in verse, the author delivers the powerful story of a biracial girl growing up in the late 1960s.
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.
Marilyn Hilton does an excellent job of mimicking the mind of the narrator, and allows the reader to better empathize with the problems faced by the young protagonist.
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