The Queen of Water

The Queen of Water

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The Queen of Water by Laura Resau, Maria Virginia Farinango

An ALA Amelia Bloomer Selection
An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village of indígenas, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, or to be called a longa tonta—stupid Indian—by members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds.
In this poignant novel based on a true story, acclaimed author Laura Resau has collaborated with María Virginia Farinango to recount one girl's unforgettable journey to self-discovery. Virginia's story will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to find his or her place in the world. It will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately, it will fill you with hope.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375896804
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 539,838
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laura Resau lived in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, Mexico, for two years as an English teacher and anthropologist. She now lives with her husband, her dog, and her son Bran in Colorado, where she teaches cultural anthropology and ESL (English as a Second Language). She is also the author of What the Moon Saw and Red Glass.

María Virginia Farinango has acted in a television movie, had her own radio show, performed traditional dance, run an Andean craft business, and traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. She is studying psychology and has recently started a small holistic day spa in Otavalo, Ecuador, where she lives with her husband and their young son. For more about María Virginia, please visit

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The Queen of Water 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
erin-a-kiel More than 1 year ago
I chose to read "The Queen of Water" for a self-selected book project in my English class when it was recommended by one of the librarians at my school. The plot of this memoir made it very hard for me to stop reading at times, and putting myself into Virginia's shoes in some of the situations she went through made me long to reach into the pages of the book and help her. For example, when the Doctorita discovers Virginia's notebook from under the refridgerator, I really connected with how she felt at that moment. Nobody would want their deepest feelings and personal thoughts shared with others, especially someone like the Doctorita, who isn't understanding. Yet when she meets Antonio, who comes from a similar background as the Andean village that Virginia came from, I can imagine how she feels being with someone who truly understands her. Overall, this book portrays a great message about first realizing your dreams and knowing what it is you long for more than anything else, persisting despite being in the middle of a bad situation, and the idea of self-discovery.
jelopudnpop More than 1 year ago
I would recommend The queen of water to others. This book was chosen for my book club. It was a quick read. There is a glossary in the back for the spanish words which was helpful. The ending was the only disappointment but still a great story. Without spoiling it the book does rope you in and has you actually wanting to help the main character.
luliie More than 1 year ago
The book The Queen of Water is personally a really great book and a quick read. It is very easy to understand especially if you are like me and are not an avid reader. It is about Virginia, a young girl about the age of 7-8 years old, who lives in a very small village in Ecuador and is given away by her parents to be, essentially, a maid/house keeper for the rest of her life to Nino Carlitos and Doctorita. Virginia has no say in whether to leave or stay. The deal is done. The next morning she is on her way to Kunu Yaku where her new "owners" live with their newborn son Jamito. The author did a really great job of keeping the reader hooked. I could not put the book down. I kept thinking that she might escape but then something was holding her back. Also I really enjoyed the little Spanish words she put in. it wasn't over powering to the point where I had no idea what she was trying to say, it was just enough. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending. I thought it kind of slacked compared to the rest of the book. But all in all I would defiantly recommend this book to almost everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is heart wretching and i could not put it down
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Why is it called queen of water? Does it have anything to do with water? Respond to Caerey
angelica-sanchez More than 1 year ago
The Queen of Water was definitely an amazing book. It tells the story of Virginia, who got taken away from her family when she was only 7 years old. She was taken away from everyone and everything, and placed with a spanish descended mestizo couple and their child, to become their servant. Virginia was abused, both physically and mentally, but she had courage and determination to escape her situation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story of overcoming obstacles. Riveting,moving, and encouraging. Read it one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a gem. I don't usually find books like these that touch me and make me laugh, cry, blush, and smile. There is no book like this. This will most likley be the best book you ever read. I recomend this book to all. Its a wonderfull story and it stays with you forever.
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NerdGirlHP More than 1 year ago
Really wonderful and touching book. It opened up a whole new culture that I hadn't really read or new anything about. This is a book full of overcoming your circumstances and persistence. It's really amazing. I enjoyed this book a ton. It's really worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish there were more than 5 stars. I loved this book, it made me laugh and cry. I wish i could read more about her story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storytelling was great. Vivid imagery keeps you enthralled and unable to put it down.
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