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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
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it
“…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 ordinar
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Chrissie Peria
Aug 01, 2016 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. ...more
Sweetp-1
Mar 10, 2012 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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Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 27, 2011 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
Sara
Meg Medina's THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND takes readers to rural Latin America (the actual country is never specified) and into the life of Sonia Ocampo, a 16-year-old girl whose birth somehow ended a raging storm and whose neighbors have believer ever since that she can make miracles happen. But after a classmate dies despite her prayers, Sonia follows her aunt's advice and travels to the capital to work for a wealthy woman and create her own destiny. It's a story about first love, the u ...more
wanderer
Nov 07, 2013 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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Nic
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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LadyDisdain
Jan 25, 2016 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
Dec 17, 2014 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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Michelle
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Marcia
May 03, 2013 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 confus
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Ms McKinnon
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-archive
A beautiful story set in Latin-America. I enjoyed that the author explored the complexities of the expectations put on the main character, Sonia. Although this book has some elements of fantasy to it, it does not feel like a fantasy book, rather it feels realistic fiction. I think readers who enjoy stories about teenagers and teenagers struggling with life's expectations will enjoy this book. ...more
Ollie Z Book Minx
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and poignant coming of age tale.
Milly Potter
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very simple story :)
Farès
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
"ain't nobody got time for that !!".. Why did I even start reading this girly teenage book? ...more
Mandiann
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wheelathon
2.5 stars
Katrina
Mar 20, 2014 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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Vamos a Leer
Aug 11, 2015 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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Angel
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-release, own
You can find this review and many more at Mermaid Vision Books!

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 experien
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Hannah
Oct 26, 2011 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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Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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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 sym
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Brandy Painter
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galleys, young-adult
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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Anastasia
Dec 17, 2011 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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Justin
Mar 04, 2012 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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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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RivkaBelle
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc
Review originally published on my blog: AWordsWorth.blogspot.com
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
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Erin (Bookish in a Box)
Oct 15, 2011 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
Courtney
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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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Megan
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, tween, royal
Sonia Ocampo was born on the same day a terrible storm raged through her village. However, at the moment of her birth, the winds went away leading her family and her entire village to believe that she has a direct line to God. Sonia is considered a miracle worker; her friends, family, and village seek her out often so she may talk to God on their behalf. What Sonia cannot bring herself to tell anyone though, is that she is no more special than anyone else. This becomes evident when a young boy ...more
Giulia
Jun 22, 2012 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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I'm Meg Medina, Newbery award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling novel Merci Suárez Changes Gears.

I am a Latina author of libros for kids of all ages. I'm about strong girls, tough circumstances, and the connecting power of culture. I am the author of several picture books, middle grade books, and young adult novels, including Burn Baby Burn which was long-listed for the 2016 Nation
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