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The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  389 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Though everyone in the village of Tres Montes thinks Sonia Ocampo is blessed, she knows she is nothing but a fraud. She’s spent her life listening to the hopes and wishes of her neighbors and family, but when a classmate dies despite her prayers, she is forced to realize that she has no special powers—no way to prevent bad things from happening.

Rather than disenchant her f
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“…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.
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
Joy (joyous reads)
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
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
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
S.F. Robertson
Steeped in culture and rich with detail, Meg Medina's debut YA novel, The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, was a surprisingly gripping read. Normally, I'm a girl with paranormal needs but Meg's a Richmond author, and I'm all about supporting the local literary community, so I was set on reading this from the moment I learned about it even though it was outside my comfort zone. The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind definitely left a lasting impression.

Sonia Ocampo, who has defined her life by the
Marcia Vining

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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Vamos a Leer
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
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
Jules Goud
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
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
A beautiful and poignant coming of age tale.
Fatima Scherer
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
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.

Erin (Bookish in a Box)
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
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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
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
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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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
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
* 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
This is charming tale with just the right balance of romance, adventure, magic, and tragic realism. I fell pretty quickly for Sonia Ocampo and the little village of Tres Montes, particularly with Medina's distinctive characterizations and how she presents this provincial town as a place beloved by its young residents, like Sonia and her brother Rafael--yet one they are still desperate to leave. This pull/push reflects Sonia's love of her family, but also her resistance against their belief in he ...more

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“The curse on Sonia Ocampo's life came without warning before she was even born, cleverly disguised as good luck.
It blew in on one of the worst storms anyone in Tres Montes had ever known.”

Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo has the ear of God. This is what the people of Tres Montes believe. When someone is ill, injured or in need of a prayer - it is Sonia they seek out. They bring her milagros to pin on her shawl; a handmade symbol of fa
Sonia Ocampo’s birth coincided with a terrible storm, but as soon as she was born, the winds went away leaving her family and the village to believe that she had a direct line to God. Her miraculous ability to silence the wind is both her blessing and her curse. In “The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind,” as in her middle grade novel, “Milagros” (Candlewick, 2008), Meg Medina, who has written for adults and children for 15 years, explores the power and pitfalls of the miracle.

At sixteen, Sonia has
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Release Date:March 13, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Source: Finished copy received from publisher

Tell Me More:I have not loved a novel as instantly as I did this one since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Believe me, I do not say those words lightly, though readers should be warned that my great admiration for Meg Medina's work is very much tied to my own personal experience
Michelle Book Briefs
I read this book in just a couple of hours. The writing is what told the story for me. This book is really well written and it reads like an old fable mixed with beautiful poetry. I loved that the main guy character, Pancho, wanted to be a poet. It fit in so well with the tempo of the story.

Sofia is a girl with the world on her shoulders. She has so much pressure and weight from her family, village, and everyone really that it's amazing that she is as strong as she is. It's strange because the
Review originally published on my blog:
ARC provided by publisher for review.

This is one of those stories that can't be nailed down to a single time, or even a single place. It's got a trace of wildness, and a simple beauty. Just a hint of magic, and a heaping scoop of spunk; years of secrets, and a thousand dreams.

Sonia Ocampo has been cursed with a blessing. The day she was born, the raging winds of a horrible storm ended, and from that point on, everyone believed she w
This was definitely a different read.

Based on the summary, I assumed it was more of a fantasy read so imagine my surprise when I realized it was more of a historical fiction read. It's in a different setting from what I'm used to, so it was a learning experience. It was out of the box and I think the fact that it was so different made it more intriguing for me.

Sonia was a really great character. She was strong and she had a big heart and she loved her family. And she learned how strong she was a
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Meg Medina has written for adults and children for over fifteen years. Her stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines. Milagros: Girl from Away (Christy Ottaviano Books: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers) was her first novel for young readers. Meg is also the author of the picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car (Candlewick Press), which earned her the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer ...more
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