book review: The girl who could silence the wind
author: Meg Medina
date: Candelwick Press; 2012
main character: Sonia Ocampo
From the time of her birth, the people of Tres Montes have believed that Sonia was a special gift, that she could work miracles for them. They pin milagros to her baby blanket and they continue pinning them throughout her childhood. The weight of the milagros begin to weigh her down so much that she, like others her age, wants to leave this town that seems to offer little future for them. Many of the elders don’t want the young people to leave not only because there would be little hope for the town surviving without them, but also because their leaving would be dangerous.
While there is a magical presence of wind throughout the book, Sonia realizes that she herself has no healing powers and she wants to get out from under the pressure of others hopes and expectations for something she cannot do. It turns out the milagros have no power to save anyone, neither through their spiritual nor monetary value.
The girl who could silence the wind is filled with numerous secondary characters, some of whom are better developed than others. The people readers meet are tied close to one another and are often unable to act independently. When they do, the consequences are not good.
The book’s cover has quite rich colors and design which would really have been enhanced if a real face had been on the cover rather than the dark silhoette.