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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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Published March 13th 2012 by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio (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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Miruna
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
3,5.
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
wanderer
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sara
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads
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
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?
Nic
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Milly Potter
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this very simple story :)
Book  Minx
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful and poignant coming of age tale.
Danielle Celis
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind is a very magical book about a girl named Sonia who was worshiped in Tres Montes because she allegedly had the ability to make good things happen when things go sour. What I liked about the book was that the events in the story aligned with how the story progressed and in some areas of the book, the author would spend time on describing what was happening and what the characters were thinking. I also loved most characters because most of the characters reminde ...more
Annie
Another short one. I seem to be reading a lot of those lately. I loved this, despite expecting more magical realism.
In fact, the only paranormal part was the ghost of Sonia’s Abuelita.
Sonia Ocampo is believed to have ‘God’s ear’ in her tiny community. The townsfolk depend on her to pray for every problem and calamity be it trivial or important. This places on Sonia an unbearable burden from a very young age.
This book just proved to me again that although superstition can strengthen and give h
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Jennifer Peek
I think this book is great for sixth form / Year 12 students taking Spanish and starting to get a feel for Latin American literature. It had nods towards traditional themes and touches the world of magical realism. It’s not a magical realism book, and this seems to be a reason for some less than positive reviews. Magical realism is a realm that will only ever be inhabited by the greats, with Gabo on the throne. What we have here is a pleasant short novel that gently guides readers through a simp ...more
Lesley
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though this isn't the type of book I have been reading—I have been sticking to morn realistic, contemporary YA lit—I was captivated by the writing and the story and finished overnight. The novel could actually generate discussions about identity and our places and responsibilities in the world.
Ashley
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Julia C
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind is a quick, character driven read. Meg Medina’s descriptions of the characters was riveting. The two main characters came alive. I wanted to know more about the secondary characters, but I love Medina’s writing style.
Becky
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2018
A refreshing, well-written book set in rural Latin America. Sonia is a compelling, interesting protagonist. This story is about the pressures parents put on their children, myth and magic, and about making your own way in the world.
Linda
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautifully written YA novel. A simple story of love of family and community, friendship, breaking traditions, and reaching for your dreams. A nice, refreshing read.
Jinx Morgan
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this for middle school students in Mexico!
Stacy
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Ratings
Language: PG
Violence: PG13
Sex: PG13
Vamos a Leer
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2012-release
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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“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 f
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Brandy Painter
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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I'm Meg Medina, 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 Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which is currently being optioned for Hulu.

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