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.
Meg Medina is the author of the young adult novel The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for her picture book, Tia Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Munoz. About Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, she says, "Years ago, when I was in school, a girl in a rabbit-fur jacket cornered me in the school yard and announced that one of our school bullies, a Latina girl named Jackie, was going to beat me up. What I remember most from that time was loneliness and all the risky choices I made as I embarked on the search for a tough-girl shell that could withstand any attack. But as I struggled against the dread of being in school, I became someone else entirely. I hid every talent and interest I had in the hope of appearing fierce and untouchable to Jackie and the rest of the world. It was a struggle to find my identity and inner strength as a student, as a young woman, as a Latina. I was in a fight for my dignity." The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Meg Medina grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Vamos a Leer is a monthly book club meeting at Bookworks that reads and discusses literature of Latin America. Teachers, students, and other readers interested in Latin American literature are welcome to attend. For an event flyer featuring 2013-2014 reading selections, visit the Vamos A Leer website.
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