Academic journal article Language Arts

Full Cicada Moon

Academic journal article Language Arts

Full Cicada Moon

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Full Cicada Moon Written by Marilyn Hilton Dial, 2015, 400 pp., ISBN 978-0-525-42875-6

In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts head for the moon, US involvement in the Vietnam War is at its peak, and Mimi Oliver is the new girl in town. Half-Japanese, half-Black, Mimi stands out in the small, mostly White college town of Hillsborough, Vermont. What's more is that with a keen interest in science and power tools, Mimi questions the status quo at her new school and resolves to challenge local conventions, particularly those about what girls can and can't do. In the face of daily microaggressions and blatant racial and gender discrimination, Mimi's approach is to always be kind and respectful but persistent -"drip, drip, drip/until the granite cracks" (p. 31). …

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