Sunday, February 26, 2012
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina
Sonia has been revered by the people of her village as a healer; someone whose prayers can stop death and give them another chance or at least let them feel at peace as they ease their way out of the world. Sonya believed it, too, until a good friend died despite her prayers. Then she feels like a fraud...
Candlewick Press and Net Galley allowed me a copy of the book to read for review (thank you). The book will be published March 13th, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.
This is a haunting story about the very poor. Sonia and her brother, Rafael, are both doing what they can to help their family survive. They also both have dreams about what more they could earn to make life better.
Sonia gets her opportunity by being chosen to be a servant for a rich family in the capital. She finds that even if she's gone to live in a nicer home with good pay, life still has problems.
The heroes of this story are the most unlikely characters you can imagine. Ms. Medina does a very good job of expressing the hopelessness of the village of its people. The story sounds authentic, has lots of challenges for its characters, and ends with an up note, even it's not the one that Sonia had planned on.
This is a juvenile novel, but anyone who reads it will learn something from it. And you may think about again later because the story touches you.