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A young girl receives a special message from a sacred Lakota leader about her power to change the world…

Twelve-year-old Moraline is about to run away from her problems—again.

Since moving from New York to California, Moraline has been pushing against a hot dry wind whenever trouble happens. But a chance encounter with a mysterious Lakota spirit puts Moraline on the path toward understanding the power she holds in fighting injustice.

She feels helpless by herself, but she starts to gain new friendships with Serenity, a girl mourning the loss of her mother, Amani, an immigrant from the Congo, and Edmundo, a boy of Mexican heritage struggling with the injustices of child labor. Together, they face some of the bigges tissues of their time head-on.

Moraline is an impactful story for social justice education, environmental awareness, and racial literacy

“You are only as strong and as brave as you think yourself to be. No more, no less,” the sequoia said.”

Cintia Alfonso Fior

“Her mind drifted off as she began to imagine the numerous places he might have come from, and then her mind conjured up maps of the seven continents as she tried to remember every country’s name”.

Cintia Alfonso Fior

“There were moments when he wanted people to look at him and watch what he did. But it didn’t feel right to be a spectacle just because of his skin. His coloring wasn’t something that he performed it was who he was”

Cintia Alfonso Fior


Cintia Alfonso Fior

Children’s fiction author Cintia Alfonso Fior first realized she wanted to be a writer after working with diverse underserved populations in South America, North America, and Africa. The perception of injustices and the great need to advocate for underserved populations, particularly children, inspired her to write her magical realism novel for young readers, Moraline. The book follows an outcast sixth-grade girl and covers important themes of racial literacy, social justice, and interconnectedness with the earth and the people around us.

Cintia Alfonso Fior is an educator, clinical psychologist, and the founder of Rising Advocates, an advocacy and educational platform dedicated to promoting children’s rights and environmental justice through storytelling and education.

Fior has a MA in Peace and Justice Studies from the Kroc Institute of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego and serves as the current chair of the American Family Therapy Academy’s (AFTA) Family Policy and Human Rights committee.

When she isn’t writing impactful and socially conscious books for middle-grade readers, Fior is a qualitative researcher working in Africa and a Ph.D. candidate. She enjoys being a mother of three, tending to her garden, cooking, and running. Originally from Argentina, she lives in San Diego, California. Moraline is her debut novel.

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Cintia Alfonso Fior


“Moraline is an extremely powerful story, as it aims to equip children with the right way to handle their emotions and teach them how to understand and deal with different forms of conflict and situations. This is a highly recommended tale”.

Reader’s Favorite Review

“Moraline is a thought-provoking story that will inspire a new generation of movers and shakers”.

The Children’s Book Review

“Moraline is a gentle, empowering novel in which young advocates find their work enhanced by moments of magic.”

Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Fior has skillfully created strong, complex, relatable characters in her racially diverse cast.”

Blueink Review

“Powerful but not preachy middle-grade fiction that speaks from the heart and invites readers to share in a better future.”

Kirkus Reviews