Burying the Moon by Andrée Poulin; illustrated by Sonali Zohra (Groundwood Books, 2021). Latika’s village lacks proper sanitation facilities for women, and they are forced to silently tread to the field every night to relieve themselves. Fearful of scorpions, snakes and harmful germs, and dreading leaving school once she menstruates, Latika gathers courage to approach a government agent to change this shameful problem. (Grades 4-7)
Award Status: Honorable Mention
Author: Andrée Poulin
Illustrator: Sonali Zohra
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