The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

by Meg Medina

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ISBN-13: 9780763664190
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 372,629
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Meg Medina is the author of Tía Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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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.
—Shelf Awareness

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

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The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RivkaBelle on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Review originally published on my blog: AWordsWorth.blogspot.comARC provided by publisher for review.This is one of those stories that can't be nailed down to a single time, or even a single place. It's got a trace of wildness, and a simple beauty. Just a hint of magic, and a heaping scoop of spunk; years of secrets, and a thousand dreams.Sonia Ocampo has been cursed with a blessing. The day she was born, the raging winds of a horrible storm ended, and from that point on, everyone believed she was blessed with a special connection to Heaven. The villagers of Tres Montes would come, bearing milagros (prayer charms), begging for her intercession on their behalf. For sixteen years, things seemed to "work," but then something goes horribly wrong. Desperate for an escape, Sonia leaves for the Capitol - to work in a rich widow's house, with three other Tres Montes girls, hoping to lose her blessing along the way. Even in the beautiful Capitol, life is not easy for Sonia, nor is she safe from the burden of her "gift." Her brother, Rafael, is also trying to make things better - but his plans and dreams go horribly awry. At last, Sonia realizes she must face the truth. All of it. And only by bringing the truth out into the open can her family, and the community of Tres Montes, find the healing and new beginnings they so desperately need.This story has some very poignant, even sad, moments. But it also has a rare beauty. Sonia and her friend Pancho have a truly beautiful relationship, and I loved watching them grow. It's sweet, it's pure, it's real. There's a multicultural flavor to The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, but not so much that it becomes part of a separate people (if that makes sense). As I said, there is no time or place - this could be any number of small towns with a quiet routine and slow, almost forgotten, economy. (Obviously it's historical fiction, but there's no set time period - that I could tell, anyway). While the story concluded beautifully, I can't help but wish there were more.
_Lily_ on LibraryThing 5 months ago
* Hardcover: 256 pages * Publisher: Candlewick (March 13, 2012) * ISBN-10: 0763646024 * Author: Meg Medina * Cover art: Love the cover art * Overall rating :*** out of 5 stars * Obtained: Sent for review by the publisher. Thank you.The Girl who could silence the wind by Meg MedinaSonia'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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I read this book, but I know I didn't get it. This was a fairly short read that I finished in a day. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I thought that there would be more mysticism in it then there was. I was disappointed, the synopsis sounded amazing and I was eager to read this book when I heard about it. But, after reading it, I was let down, which was unfortunate. I really loved Sonia. First of all, it's a name I have yet to come across in books, I've seen names that are similar but I've never seen Sonia before, so that was refreshing. I also loved her character, she was strong, funny and she loved her friends, she was a great example of a kindred spirit. That seems to be getting harder and harder to find.The writing style was good, not great but good. There was an element of sadness to the story that I wasn't really expecting. I don't like sad books very much, because they make me sad and I like to be happy. Aside from the sadness, it was a good story. I really hope we get to see more characters like Sonia.I would recommend this book to people who are looking for something short, different and with a strong female protagonist.
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