Cover image for The girl who could silence the wind / Meg Medina.
The girl who could silence the wind / Meg Medina.
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013.

Physical Description:
244 pages ; 22 cm
Worn down by the constant petitions of the villagers who think she has special powers, sixteen-year-old Sonia leaves behind her shawl covered with milagros and her mountain home and sets out to live a life of her own choosing in the capital city.
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Sonia's entire village believes she has a gift, but it's only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.

Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl's protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind. With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, warmhearted girl who dares to face life's harsh truths as she finds her real power.

Author Notes

Meg Medina is a Latina author, based in Richmond, Virginia. She is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and grew up in Queens, New York. Her work includes picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction. Her books include Mango, Abuelo and Me, Tia Isa Wants a Car, Burn Baby Burn, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Ass, and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. She won the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. She is the author of Merci Suarez Changes Gears, which won the 2019 John Newbery medal and the 2018 Charlotte Huck honor.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Sonia Ocampo, born in a storm, is believed by her fellow villagers in an unnamed Latin American country to be a prophet from God. As a girl, she is burdened by the responsibility her community places on her during times of great need. Sonia also thinks the esteem of her peers is misplaced and feels like a fraud. Eventually, she flees to work for a wealthy woman in the city. But when a tragedy befalls her own family, she must return and confront what she knows is true about herself and the expectations placed upon her by others. Narrator Cristina Panfilio's performance is a treat. She ably brings to life each of the book's varied characters-even the tertiary ones. Her narration is equally good-her reading of the story (written mostly in close third-person) subtly indicates Sonia's anxieties, her uncertainties, and even the butterfly feelings she gets when she sees a boy she likes. Ages 14-up. A Candlewick hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

This is the story of Sonia, a girl who has been chosen to bear the weight of her community's hopes and fears; of Pancho, the boy who loves her; and of Rafael, the brother who dreams of a different life. When Sonia tries to shed her responsibilities and leave the village, their destinies collide in a gripping tale that will leave readers wanting more. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.