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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.
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763646024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763646028
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,350,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpré medal and the 2013 CYBILS Fiction winner for her young adult novel, YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS. She is also the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner for her picture book TIA ISA WANTS A CAR.

Meg's other books are THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND, a 2012 Bank Street Best Book and CBI Recommended Read in the UK; and MILAGROS: GIRL FROM AWAY, now available as an Amazon e-book.

Meg's work examines how cultures intersect through the eyes of young people, and she brings to audiences stories that speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and to the qualities that are universal. Her favorite protagonists are strong girls. In March 2014, she was recognized as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America.

When she is not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

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Format: Hardcover
Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo has lived her entire life in the tiny mining town of Tres Montes. Many of the young people dream of moving to the capital to find a job. Anything would be better than living in poverty with the future only promising the sudden death of a mining cave-in, or the slow death of a miner's lung disease. However, opportunities for the capital jobs are few, and sometimes just getting there can be life-threatening. Other young people dream of sweet romance and a lifetime of marriage.

Sonia has no hope for either of these dreams. Ever since her birth, she has carried the weight of the entire town's worries on her shoulders. Those with concerns come to her for her special prayers, and everyone believes they are heard and answered...even Sonia. This is her destiny, her life. She spends her days praying, and has no time for careers or romance.

Then comes the horrific day when one of Sonia's prayers isn't answered, and a local boy ends up dead. Sonia realizes that she has no special powers, that her prayers aren't any more powerful than anyone else's. To save her family the shame of the awful truth, Sonia decides she must leave. With the help of her aunt, she manages to snag one of the jobs at the capital: housekeeping in the home of a rich woman. For the first time, Sonia is not known as a spiritual link to God, and is free to start dreaming. However, she's not quite sure just what to dream about.

In the meantime, Sonia is earning money to send home, and even the maid's quarters in which she sleeps is fancier than any home in Tres Montes. Of course, life in the big city isn't all glamour and freedom. Her supervisor is a bitter old woman intent on finding her faults, and her employer's nephew is a spoiled playboy determined to steal her virtues.
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The people of Tres Montes in THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND by Meg Medina are superstitious. They believe that a young girl of sixteen, Sonia Ocampo, has the power to heal and to protect. But Sonia knows that she is nothing special and that she has been living a lie her entire life. When given the opportunity, Sonia travels to the capital to work at Casa Mason as a housekeeper and to relieve herself of her town's burdens.

Setting plays a huge role in THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND. Tres Montes is a sleepy mining mountain town that all the young adults want to escape. Tres Montes is isolated from the outside world; only one train enters and leaves the station each week. I thought that it was great that, as a reader, I could not pinpoint the exact location of Tres Montes. I knew that the people spoke Spanish, and the geographical features give some clues, but it is not a place that I recognize. It gives me the impression that Tres Montes can be any sleepy mining town, but at the same the not knowing also bothered me.

THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND by Meg Medina is a really quiet book, and for books like this, either the writing has to stand out or the characters have to be refreshing. While I enjoyed THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND, the characters - especially Sonia - and the writing fail to leave a lasting impression in my mind. I wish we got to learn more about Dalia, Eva, and even Senora Mason.

However, I did sympathize with the characters who were looking to live a better life. It was inspiring to hear the lengths that some of the citizens of Tres Montes would take just to get a job at the capital.
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I just went to purchase this book as a gift for a friend, having read it myself and loved it. Noticed that it had only been rated 3 stars and wanted to add my love of this book to the comments... I am a voracious reader, and a writer, and this book (along with Benjamin Alire Saenz's Artistotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) is my favorite thing I have read in ages... it has so much heart.
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I was really excited to read The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. The cover is gorgeous, and it sounded like something a little different from the contemporary I usually read, but still close enough to real life to appeal to me. But sadly, it didn't work for me.

In the beginning, I still liked The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. The atmosphere is really well-written, and I liked the descriptions of Sonia's life in Tres Montes. I felt like I was there with the family, even though my life is about as far away as you can get from Sonia's. I really enjoyed reading about what life is like in the small, poor town. But after that, things went downhill for me.

The writing stays good. It's vivid and beautiful, with great imagery. The writing is what kept me reading and what carries the book, in my opinion.

The rest, though, just didn't work for me. I liked Sonia when we're in Tres Montes with her, but once she leaves to go to the capital, I lost any kind of connection I had with her. In Tres Montes, she has a personality - the way she's smothered by people wanting her to help them with her powers makes her a sympathetic character. Once she gets to the capital, though, and the focus shifts from her special ability, I found her very bland. I get that that's kind of the point - she likes not being treated any different from the rest of the girls, but still. Sonia has no real personality, so I was kind of bored with her.

The secondary characters are... well, they're pretty bland, too. We're told a little bit about them, but I never saw that reflected in their actions. There are no patterns in their behavior, nothing that gives them any kind of personality. Sometimes, I even had trouble remembering who's who, since they're all so similar.
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