The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

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Though everyone in the village of Tres Montes thinks Sonia Ocampo is blessed, she knows she is nothing but a fraud. She’s spent her life listening to the hopes and wishes of her neighbors and family, but when a classmate dies despite her prayers, she is forced to realize that she has no special powers—no way to prevent bad things from happening.

Rather than disenchant her friends and embarrass her family, she leaves home to work in the house of a wealthy woman in the city. There she is finally what she wants to be—just a girl like any other. But when misfortune falls upon her family, she must confront the truth, no matter how difficult.

With a hint of magical realism and romance, Meg Medina weaves a poignant tale about a girl who dares to face life’s harsh truths and find power within herself.

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Meg Medina is the author of The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and the picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muņoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, Mew York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Medina creates a compelling narrative within a Latin American culture where parents cling to old ways and their children thread their paths between hope and despair, trying to find a viable future. Though touches of magical realism appear in the novel, the real magic here arises from the story of a girl struggling to see beyond others’ perceptions and find her own way in a society that seems to offer few options.
—Booklist Online

This multilayered debut novel is particularly successful in presenting the complexities of Sonia’s thoughts as she tries to understand her identity and her social role. As the town mystic, she never allowed herself to consider the possibility of a future of her choosing, and her experience in the city finally allows her to dream.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Medina’s writing is fluent and lovely, weaving Spanish words in with the English text to paint a heartwarming story of a girl’s journey to find out who she is.
—School Library Journal

Medina breathes life into Sonia and many of the secondary characters, and the vivid descriptions and touches of magical realism will enthrall readers.
—Kirkus Reviews

Medina persuasively depicts the sights, rhythms, and relationships of both village life and the servants' world at Casa Masón...
—Publishers Weekly

With a hint of magical realism and a Latin influence, THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND tells the story of 16-year-old Sonia Ocampo with an enchanting narrative... Sonia's satisfying story of self-discovery combines friendship, family, love and adventure. A book for those fond of alluring storytelling.
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The plot of THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND is highly plausible, with down-to-earth characters and situations highlighting how a young woman learns to find her place and happiness in her world.
—The New York Journal of Books

Sonia is an endearing protagonist with whom many readers may identify.... THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND is a charming story of hope, courage, dreams and identity.
—TeenReads.com

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