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Book Title: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind|
The author of the book: Meg Medina
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.33 MB
Date of issue: March 13th 2012
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Read full description of the books The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind:“…they confessed they had always had a soft spot for old mountain stories like his, for tales of humble people and the courage it took to live their days. For true stories of magic and love.”
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
I have a soft spot for old mountain stories like this.
Sonia. Pancho. Rafael. Oscar. Trains. Valleys. Milagos. Abuela. Spirits. Superstitions. Hibiscus. Poetry. History. Traditions. Community. Humble mountain folk. Family. Wishes. Tres Montes. Longing to be ordinary. The shades of a reading tree.
I think I had come to the conclusion that this book was going to be a magical realism book when it actually wasn’t. When I read the synopsis I got so excited because it sounded so completely different to anything I had read. I’ve always loved magical realism and superstitions and old traditions and “old mountain stories” and although this book has some of these elements; I was expecting more.
I don’t really want to go into detail but there were certain situations that, although were incredibly well-written and harrowing, seemed to eclipse Sonia’s story.
The more I think about it, actually, the more I realise how misleading the title of this book is. It’s not really about The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind because a great chunk of the book isn’t even told from her perspective.
I think this book is about community, friendship and family above everything, which is great and makes a refreshing change from “It’s my destiny to save the world blah blah blaaah”.
I’ve just read through those above paragraphs and realised I’ve said a lot without actually saying anything. I guess my only low point is that I assumed that this book was going to be a different book than it actually was.
I just wished we had been allowed to spend more time in the shade of a reading tree telling stories of superstitions, ghosts, traditions, community, magic and anonymous hibiscus flowers on your window ledge.
Like I mentioned before, I really wish we had spent more time with Sonia because she was not only an incredibly likeable heroine (a novelty in YA, I know) but a well-thought out and original character.
One of the main things I loved about Sonia was that, even though she was described as ‘special’ because of the belief that she had the power to heal people (cue alarm bells), there was so much more to her than that.
I often wonder with some of the ladies in YA fiction, you know the ones “I’m special because it’s my destiny to save the world and get stuck in a love triangle”, what would happen if you took away their “special-ness”.
Yeah, Sonia had something that those girls lack: personality.
She was clever, hardworking, funny, loyal and I loved her.
Also, I believe that shawls are an incredibly underrated garment.
Love Interest Hero
Yeaaah Pancho was a hero. He was the hero of this story.
I think my heart now belongs to a green eyed Chilean taxi-driver with dreams of being a poet.
*glares at Sonia*
HA. I have such a weakness for cheeky boys with a healthy appetite for women getting up to mischief.
I loved Rafael and I loved the banter he had with Sonia. More fun big brothers in YA please!
Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart.
Yeah, I love him. GET OVER IT.
Oh no. I thought this book was going to be a happy ending. And it was, riiiiiight the end.
It had a happy last page.
But before that?! Gosh.
I’m going to completely go against everything I wrote in my low points and contradict myself thoroughly by saying the next thing, but whatever it’s my review.
I loved that Ms Medina pulled the rug out from under me when I read this book and added the-situation-I’m-not-mentioning-because-of-spoilers that I wasn’t expecting.
I appreciate why Ms Medina added this storyline because it was fascinating to read about something which I wasn’t familiar with before I read this book. Extremely harrowing and beautifully written.
Sorry to be vague but most of the sadness stems from this situation and, as much as I don’t want to spoil it for you, I also want you to be as sad as I was.
People who are looking for an original story with great characters, beautiful settings and an ever so slight vein of magic running through it. People who believe in superstitions. People who have a soft spot for tales of humble mountain folk. People who could happily spend hours listening to stories in the shade of a tree. People who like boys who are “too given to daydreams”. People who were wondering where Sonia was when the wind was battering the British Isles this past week… try silencing that, Miss Ocampo!
I received a copy of this book from the publishers.
You can read this review and lots of other exciting stuff on my blog here.
Read information about the authorMeg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and Young Adult fiction.
She is a two-time Pura Belpré award winner, receiving the 2016 honor distinction for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, and the 2014 medal for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.
Meg also earned the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats award for her picture book Tía Isa Wants a Car.
Her other books are The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and Milagros: Girl from Away.
Meg’s most current young adult novel is Burn Baby Burn, to be published in March 2016 by Candlewick Press. It was named a Junior Library Guild selection and has earned starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist.
Meg’s work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. 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. In November 2014, she was named one of Latino Stories Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch. When she is not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or diversity in children’s literature.
She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.
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