The mirror season

by McLemore, Anna-Marie,

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After Ciela and Lock are sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family's possibly-magical pastelería and his secret forest of otherworldly trees.
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Booklist Review: "After they're both sexually assaulted at a party, Ciela helps an unconscious boy get to the hospital, and after that, she wants to leave the night behind her. Formerly known as the pastry witch of San Juan Capistrano, Ciela inherited her bisabuela's gift for knowing what kind of pan dulce customers need, but after the assault, that power disappears. Neighborhood trees vanish in the night. Certain objects begin turning into recklessly magical mirrored glass. And the boy, named Lock, enrolls at her school, only to be tormented by the same people responsible for their assaults. After noticing the shard of mirrored glass in Lock's eye, Ciela decides she won't let it harm him, and as she helps, her gift for pan dulce gradually returns. Inspired by "The Snow Queen," McLemore weaves an empowering story of two survivors healing together, exploring what consent looks like in every relationship, including with friends and family, after an assault. Their vulnerable, spellbinding story, colored with magic realism and achingly beautiful prose, is about healing after trauma, reclaiming your body and choices, and the empathetic understanding between survivors. As Ciela debates whether or not to tell Lock the truth about his assault, the pair navigate boundaries together. McLemore doesn't shy away from the complexity and impact of trauma, but this is ultimately a transformative story about healing and finding the way back to your own magic."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Folding in elements of Andersen's "The Snow Queen," McLemore (Dark and Deepest Red) whips up a magical realist tale as spellbinding as the pan dulce creations described within this novel's pages. Known as the pastry witch of San Juan Capistrano, queer Mexican American teen Graciela "Ciela" Cristales works at her family's pastelería and has inherited her late bisabuela's ability to "know what bread or sweet would leaven the heart of anyone she met." After Ciela and a visiting "boy in plaid flannel" are both sexually assaulted at the same party, however, her gift disappears--and a strange season begins in which trees vanish overnight and objects suddenly turn into magical mirrored glass. But when the boy from that night, Lock Thomas, unexpectedly enrolls at Ciela's high school several months later, with no memory of his assault, Ciela must decide whether to reveal what she knows or keep the truth to herself. With haunting prose and sharp insight, McLemore expertly combines the piquant with the sweet ("I dream of pale fingers pulling me apart like sugar dough"), exposing the fragility and complexity of Ciela and Lock's hearts post-assault with due consideration and care. Ages 13--up. Agent: Taylor Martindale Kean, Full Circle Literary. (Mar.)"
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Subjects Rape Fiction
High schools Fiction
Schools Fiction
Dating Fiction
Hispanic Americans Fiction
Bisexuality Fiction
Family life California San Juan Capistrano Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) Fiction.
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Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Feiwel & Friends,2021
Feiwel & Friends2021
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience Ages 13-18.
Grades 10-12.
Language English
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ISBN 9781250624130
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