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The Wind Called My Name

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Some days, ten-year-old Margaríta Sandoval feels as if the wind might blow her away. The country has been gripped by the Great Depression, so times are hard everywhere. Then she has to leave her família in New Mexico -- especially her beloved Abuelita -- to move to Fort Steele, Wyoming, where her father has taken a job on the railroad.
When Margaríta meets Evangeline, she's
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Tu Books
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Cheryl Klein
If you like the practical stuff in LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE -- how people of the past prepared their food, went to school, or experienced things like movies -- but you don't like its racism and lies, you should read this book instead! And I'm not the only one who praises it:

"Margarita tells her story with warmth, honesty, and compassion, and through her portrait of saints and sinners, we recognize ourselves among them. The Wind Called My Name opens minds, warms the heart, and renews our fait
Mary Sanchez
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Kendall Chandler
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the story. It was a great historical book, that was still very easy to relate to. I thought it was super interesting how cultures were mixed throughout the book as friendships grew. The true meaning of friendship shone through this book with many other messages. I really enjoyed The Wind Called My Name.
Sindhu Vijayasarathy
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I took my time with this book because I wanted to savor every word. Strong childhood friendships are precious, soul-defining and affirming. Mary Louise Sanchez does a masterful job of depicting the tenuous nature of friendship when 'otherness' can get in the way. I was thrilled when Margarita and Evangeline find ways to keep their friendship from imploding; the give and take, a recognition each made incorrect assumptions about the other. I've always believed children have an amazing capacity for ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.

I loved that it was centered on the experience of a Hispanic family from New Mexico -- a family descended from settlers who were there from early Spanish colonization, and that it talked about how even though Margaríta's ancestors had been living in the United States before New Mexico became a state, they are alienated because of their language and cultural heritage. The incidents surrounding having ancestors who fought in the Western battles of the Civil War were par
Ms. Yingling
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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Margarita's family has a pleasant life working on their farm in New Mexic0, but the drought conditions of the Great Depression have led to decreased crops and a huge tax bill. Her brother and father have spent most of the year in Wyoming, working for the railroad and sending money home. When conditions do not improve, the rest of Margarita's family moves to join them. While Margarita is glad to be with her father again, she misses her one abuela who stayed behind,
Stephanie Bange
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Winner of Lee & Low Books' 2016 New Visions Award, this is Sanchez's debut novel and belongs on every #OwnVoices shelves.

Ten-year-old Margarita's family relocates from their ancestral farm in New Mexico to the railroad yards of Wyoming, as her father has taken a job with the railroads to keep the family farm afloat during the Great Depression. It is her faith tight-knit family and her faith that help the girl adapt to this new lifestyle and customs at this time. She befriends a young girl named
Great read aloud for Colorado-Wyoming history. Excellent read aloud alternative for teachers who are reluctant to use Little House books and want something that will give an opportunity to honor Latino culture. I love that so many of the chapters could also be wonderful stand alone read alouds. I did find it useful to print a copy of the List of Dichos to refer to as I read.

I also would recommend it as a book club book for 3rd-5th grade reading groups.
Taylor Gatzke
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recommend
Tami Charles
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely breathtaking, nostalgic novel!
3.5 for this one, a book that I hope many who loved the Dear America and Little House books will read. It has plenty of details about cooking, daily life, and making a way through a sometimes intolerant community to recommend it. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, based on some of the family stories of the author. After drought caused the family farm in New Mexico to fail, ten-year-old Margarita and her family join her father in Wyoming where he's been working for the railroad. Leaving her grandmo ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Note: I was given an ARC of this book at Denver ComicCon by the kinds folks at Lee & Low Books.

In the early 1930s, a long drought in New Mexico has caused difficulties for Margarita's family. Her father has gone to Wyoming to work on the railroad & Margarita and family soon follow. Margarita's fondest wish is to make a new friend in Wyoming. Has she found that friend in Evangeline, a 7th Day Adventist whose Grandpa own the General Store?

This is a sweet & informative story. The pacing is more Lit
Tammy Massey
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a fan of all things 1930s and the Great Depression, I expected to fall in love with this book, so maybe my expectations were unrealistic before I even opened the first page. I did like it, but I didn't love it the way I'd hoped to. Margarita and her family leave their New Mexico home and move to Wyoming, where her father and brother have found jobs on the railroad. The family, especially Margarita, wants to be accepted, so they struggle to find the perfect compromise between preserving their ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an important book.

This is going to sound like I'm off-topic, but I'm not. Stick with me. Look, I'm under no illusions that the Little House on the Prairie books are going to disappear from our cannon of "Important Literature." They probably should. But they won't. They're too popular, too revered. Too many people like me (white, American women growing up in the 80's) read them as a child and they evoke memories in us. And we think they're accurate.

People like me would have to step outs
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I loved having all the Spanish in the book, it pulled me into her world and helped me experience the disorientation of being in a different culture. All the words and phrases are defined in the back of the book, but the text generally gives a translation or at least enough context to understand the meaning. My 10-year-old read straight through without looking things up. She was enchanted with the book and has spent the last few days cutting out paper dolls and reading Spanish picture books we ha ...more
I really enjoyed this book, not only was it a great story, but has an interesting setting: Wyoming and New Mexico during the depression. The Sanderval family moves from New Mexico to Wyoming for a job opportunity working for the railroad. They are Hispanic and encounter discrimination, but overcome much of that through hard work and determination. The main character, Margarita wants very much to make a friend and she finds one in Caroline. I loved learning about the Hispanic traditions described ...more
Michele Karmartsang
Well told and complex juvenile level story about a Hispanic American family who migrates from New Mexico to Wyoming for work. Doesn't shy away from the prejudices they face, but isn't overly heavy for the age of the intended readers. Does a great job of pointing out how long their family (and families like theirs,) have been on this land when they are confronted by ignorant folks who think they are "immigrants" who have come to take "their" jobs.

Author is the cousin of my cousin.
Kathie McMahon
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
To me, there's nothing more meaningful than telling your family's story so others can learn from it. That's exactly what Mary Louise Sanchez does in THE WIND CALLED MY NAME. The reader feels present in each and every scene, experiencing the setting and emotions of a Latino family's move from New Mexico to Wyoming in the 1940's. The things that separate them - language, food, culture - eventually turn into the things that bring them together.
Jamie VanMersbergen
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4. I enjoyed this sweet book about a Mexican-American family moving to Wyoming during the Great Depression. This is a good "palate cleanser" book if you have just read something intense and/or dark.
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Such an important story, but the pacing was too slow.
Claire Klassen
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I gave this book a 4 star rating because it brought back so many memories of my New Mexico family and our traditions.
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Maggie Armstrong
The Wind Called My Name is a historical fiction book for intermediate readers grades 4 up. I was skeptical at first as I knew there would be spanish words and phrases. However, this was not an impedment. All the phrases are in a glossary, however, the author would in the context of the text, provide the meaning. I found that seldom did I have to refer to the glossary. the story, itself carries the reader from New Mexico during the depression into new experiences in Wyoming. The center of the sto ...more
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SCBWI honored the Wind Called My Name for one of its three inaugural On-the-Verge Emerging Voices awards in 2012. The 2016 New Visions Award from Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, made publication of my book possible. The Wind Called My Name was a 2019 WILLA Literary Award finalist in children's fiction.

Even though I grew up in Wyoming, our family's daily lives there continued to celebrate

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