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Sonia’s entire village believes she has a gift, but it’s only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.

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.
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Candlewick (first published March 1st 2012)
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Jo
“…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.

High Points.
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.
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Sweetp-1
Dec 19, 2012 Sweetp-1 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook
This is a beautifully written book with a gorgeous fable like atmosphere and a gentleness that is often lacking in YA books these days. It is a very short read and at times perhaps felt a little on the light side in terms of character and plot development. For this reason I'd probably peg it at the younger end of the YA spectrum as there is certainly no R rated scenes either.
The story is set in South America, and this too makes a refreshing change. The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind is Sonya, o
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Chrissie Peria
Aug 08, 2016 Chrissie Peria rated it really liked it
The writing is wonderful and the setting is very rich. The characters are very likable, but somehow, I was looking for something a bit more. A part of me thinks that it needs more magical realism --- I came into this book expecting that, especially after the prologue. But another part of me thinks that it could've gone farther. I wanted more emotion, more interaction. It's a wonderful story, and it deserves to be read, but that missing oomph is why I need to keep this at 4.
Joy (joyous reads)
Mar 06, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
With beautiful writing and a storyline rich in culture and folklore, The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind defined the line between realism over mysticism. Told through a girl believed to be both God's messenger and mediator, Sonia was born on a night when a raging storm should've decimated her entire village. Her people believed that it was because of her that they were spared. Ever since then, they flock to her in their time of desperate need. But Sonia doesn't believe she has the miraculous pow ...more
V. Gingerich
Nov 27, 2013 V. Gingerich rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I really liked this book and wouldn't have minded if it had gone on a while longer. It's got a lot going for it: very likable characters (especially the MC Sonia, her brother Rafael, and her friend Pancho), a quaint and lovely setting (Tres Montes, a rather isolated village in a Spanish-speaking country, possibly in South America), and real-to-life sad/happy/heartbreaking/humorous situations.

It felt as though the author deliberately kept the setting vague (calling the capital simply that) and i
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LadyDisdain
Jan 25, 2016 LadyDisdain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind awhile back but the story’s poetic power and tones of magical realism have had the story simmering in my mind since then. Meg Medina does a good job of crafting a profound young adult story with motifs reminiscent of the magical realism that Latin American literature is famous for.

“The tempest – like the birth – raged on for hours. But when at last Sonia Ocampo slipped into the world, blue and shivering, the wind miraculously ceased and the river calme
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Alsie
Sep 22, 2015 Alsie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind was a very different read I'd ever read before, which made it refreshing. It was a beautiful, exciting and adventurous book. It was a quick read, but every bit of it was written so beautifully. I enjoyed the folklore themes, the loveable characters and the absolutely gorgeous cover.

Pancho was an adorable character. I mean, who wouldn't love a boy who left flowers on your seat in class? That is just too sweet. Pancho was a caring, brave and sacrificial charact
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Marcia
May 03, 2013 Marcia added it
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Medina, M., (2012). The Girl who could silence the wind. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.

Genre: Adventure

Format: Print

Selection Tools: Kenyon, E. L. (2012). The Girl who could silence the wind. School Library Journal, 45.

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind is the story of Sonia Ocampo a girl from a rural village who is believed to be able to protect the people of her village. Upon Sonia's birth a storm was stilled and the villagers believe that Sonia is special. This causes Sonia confusi
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Nic
Mar 12, 2012 Nic rated it liked it
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Vamos a Leer
Aug 12, 2015 Vamos a Leer rated it it was amazing
I had no trouble getting into Medina’s novel. I finished it quickly in one sitting, but I found myself disappointed when I reached the end, not because I didn’t like it, but because I was sad to see it end. I enjoyed the characters she’d created and wanted more.
While it’s set in the imaginary Latin American village of Tres Montes, the story connects to many important contemporary issues, most notably immigration. Opportunity is all but gone in the small village of Tres Montes. For the men, emplo
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Katrina
Mar 20, 2014 Katrina rated it it was amazing
I had no trouble getting into Medina’s novel. I finished it quickly in one sitting, but I found myself disappointed when I reached the end, not because I didn’t like it, but because I was sad to see it end. I enjoyed the characters she’d created and wanted more.

While it’s set in the imaginary Latin American village of Tres Montes, the story connects to many important contemporary issues, most notably immigration. Opportunity is all but gone in the small village of Tres Montes. For the men, emplo
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Milly Potter
May 16, 2016 Milly Potter rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very simple story :)
Jules Goud
Jan 30, 2014 Jules Goud rated it really liked it
A nice, quick and interesting read.

Everyone in her village believes that Sonia is blessed. However, when her prays fail to save a boy she knew, she can't stay. Everywhere she looks, she is haunted by the sight of his dead body. So, she goes to the capital and becomes a servant. However, her brother leaves to and he doesn't come back.

In this book, Sonia learns more about life. She goes to the Capital and she learns. At home, she was sheltered and a hero; she was the girl that silenced the wind. H
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Beverly
Jul 28, 2014 Beverly rated it it was ok
Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds stopped, a belief in the girl’s 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. 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. Sonia feels freedom in be ...more
Salsabrarian
Narrated by Christina Panfilio. Sonia is the village talisman, the perceived girl of miracles who can answer prayers, assure fruitful marriages and cure skin ailments. It's a heavy role she bears and when she is unable to save a missing young man, she sees herself as a fraud. To escape the weight of expectations, she takes a job in the capital as a servant in a mansion. The story lacked a certain heft for me; I never felt Sonia's burden or why she needed to escape it. Panfilio's narration is ade ...more
Jennifer
Jun 09, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
This book had a very interesting concept, but it didn't quite come together for me. I think I was expecting a coming-of-age story that focused on Sonia, but instead the story seemed to bounce to different characters' POV and bring in threads that diluted the impact rather than added to it. It was hard to get a sense of emotion or suspense over the fate of her brother when everything happened so quickly. The writing is fairly decent, but I think the author needs more work with weaving a complicat ...more
Barbara Trimm
Jan 23, 2016 Barbara Trimm rated it it was ok
A horrible wind storm was terrorizing the small village of Tres Montes. When Sonia was born the wind stopped. All the people thought she must be something special. Whenever someone was sick or dying or needed help they would come to Sonia ask her to pray for them. Sonia knew she wasn't special and one day after failing to help save a boy she decided she must get away from her village. She finds a job and a home of a rich family in the city. Sonia's brother Rafael also has dreams of getting away ...more
Book  Minx
Jul 30, 2015 Book Minx rated it really liked it
A beautiful and poignant coming of age tale.
K Flewelling
Jul 17, 2016 K Flewelling rated it really liked it
I expected this book to be more mystical, as it is described as an "old mountain tale." As I began to read it, though, I found the protagonist to be an incredibly relatable 16-year-old, who was seeking to understand herself, in the midst of lots of community and religious pressures that tried to tell her who to be (and what to believe). I loved the quests she went on, and the way the book handled themes of poverty, generational tensions, the female experience, and more. It felt succinct, without ...more
Kelly
This was a little less magical realism that I expected (and honestly, I'd argue it's 100% realistic). But this is well-done read about immigration, about trying to get out of the situation you're in, and the extremes that people who experience poverty will go to for the promise of a better life. It's ultimately an immigrant story, but it's also a story about a girl who a small town believes can heal and solve the community's problems. . . putting her in a precarious situation of never feeling li ...more
Fatima Scherer
Apr 29, 2015 Fatima Scherer rated it really liked it
From the beginning, Medina generously peppers the story with vivid description and figurative language..."The wind moaned as it bent pine trees in half and stripped them down to bare sticks...the river swelled and churned like an ocean." The story and setting took me back to my summers in Puerto Rico. "Here the roads were still cobblestone, and the buildings were preserved like European palaces. Potted bougainvillea climbed up columns to the wrought-iron balconies that overlooked the main thorou ...more
Robin Herrera
My first entry for the 2014 Latinos in Kidlit Challenge! See rules HERE

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind is the story of Sonia Ocampo (GREAT NAME), something of a “miracle worker” in her tiny mountain village of Tres Montes, due to her birth coinciding with the halt of a particularly fierce storm. After a villager asks Sonia to pray for her son, who turns up dead, Sonia realizes that she is no miracle worker, and longs to leave behind the burden of holding the town’s hopes, dreams, and problem
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Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
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I've been sitting in a pit in the ground rehersal for my school's musical and figured I could knock out a few books when I don't play. With all the spanish that was being thrown around during West Side Story and my mediocre education of i for four years I was excited to read The Girl Who Could Silent The Wind, not just for the premise but also to put my dusty spanish to the test in some minute sections when words were thrown around.

When
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Erin (Bookish in a Box)
May 12, 2012 Erin (Bookish in a Box) rated it really liked it
One of my favorite things about this book is that it manages to set a distinct cultural tone without alienating the reader. This is done mainly through a formal speaking style and narrative tone, with the addition of a foreign set of cultural mores that are quickly and cleanly established. This method can easily have the unintended effect of being condescending or forced but it flawlessly executed in The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. Another writing technique that Ms. Medina manages to implem ...more
Brandy Painter
May 04, 2012 Brandy Painter rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, galleys
Originally posted here.

I had no real expectations for The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina going into reading it other than "ooh pretty cover" and "wow here's a different setting for a novel". I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. Medina is a truly talented story teller.

Allow me to say that I'm completely chagrined to admit that I don't know whether this is contemporary or historical fiction. Given its setting it could be either. If it is historical it is very recent historical. De
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Justin
Mar 06, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing
What an interesting story. I didn't really know what to think going into this book, from the description it sounds like it could have this weird paranormal aspect to it but that really isn't the case. The Girl Who Could Silence The Wind is an extremely thought provoking book, and I found it to be a very enjoyable read.

I enjoyed the setting for this book, you don't see many books that are set in South America, and I think Meg did a great job making it to where you really get a good mental picture
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Hannah
Jan 21, 2012 Hannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
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
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Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
Oct 11, 2012 Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Originally reviewed at www.devastatingreads.blogspot.com
I totally fell in love with the cover of this book. Something about it just captured my imagination and this blurb made me put it on my to read list. When I finally got my hands on this book, I went into it expecting something entirely different. I was expecting a fantasy read that read like a fable and instead what I got was a simple story of hope.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm all for a more reality based tale. And The Girl Who Could Sile
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Erica
Mar 08, 2012 Erica rated it liked it
2.5 stars

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina was a very interesting read. I loved the culture and the writing, but the plot overall wasn't exactly what I was looking for at the time.

The culture is so rich and vibrant throughout this whole book. That was neat, as it was something that gave The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind a very unique tone and quality to it.

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind was told from two different points of views. I found this a bit distracting, because t
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Lily (WhoLockian)
Jan 18, 2012 Lily (WhoLockian) rated it liked it
* Hardcover: 256 pages
* Publisher: Candlewick (March 13, 2012)
* ISBN-10: 0763646024
* Author: Meg Medina
* Cover art: Love the cover art
* Overall rating :*** out of 5 stars
* Obtained: Sent for review by the publisher. Thank you.

The Girl who could silence the wind by Meg Medina


Sonia's entire village believes she has a gift, but it's only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.

Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born o
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Meg 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 Is
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