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Milagros: Girl from Away by Meg Medina

Milagros: Girl from Away

by Meg Medina

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Very nice writing but weird story that leaves the reader off balance.
Told in alternate chapters. Begins in the Caribbean and ends in Maine. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 27, 2013 |
Take mysterious messages in bottles, wild-eyed pirates, and rays of many colors and you have the concept behind Milagros, the Girl From Away. The story begins in the tropical island of Las Brisas, but ends in the seaport town of Holly Point, Maine. In between we meet her mystical mother, her pirate wanna-be dad, and the people of Holly Point who discover Milagros after her arduous journey in a flimsy boat. Most of the residents are suspicious of anyone from “Away”, but her friend Old Woman Perez helps everyone find common ground and Milagros realizes the “happiness could take root in the most unlikely places”. ( )
  smclawler | Jul 14, 2009 |
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Milagros de le Torre hasn’t had an easy life: ever since her father sailed away with pirates she’s been teased at school and there’s the constant struggle for her family to make ends meet. Still, Milagros loves her small island in the Caribbean, and she finds comfort in those who recognize her special gifts. But everything changes when marauders destroy Milagros’s island and with it, most of the inhabitants. Milagros manages to escape in a rowboat where she drifts out to sea with no direction, save for the mysterious manta rays that guide her to land. In stunning prose,Meg Medina creates a fantastical world in which a young girl uncovers the true meaning of family, the significance of identity, and, most important, the power of a mother’s love.

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Twelve-year-old Milagros barely survives an invasion of her tiny, Caribbean island home, escapes with the help of mysterious sea creatures, reunites briefly with her pirate-father, and learns about a mother's love when cast ashore on another island.

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