Candlewick Press, 2012. 244 pp.
Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampos just wants to be treated like a normal person. She was born under unusual circumstances, so her village believes she has a special gift of protecting them from harm. Sonia has carried the burdens of the village of Tres Montes all her life, but when a young villager dies despite her many prayers for his safety, she is convinced she’s a fraud. Eager to escape the many demands made on her, Sonia accepts a job as a maid in the faraway Capital city – even though it means leaving Pancho, her secret love.
However, when her older brother Rafael turns up missing, her magical gifts are the only thing that can help her find him. With Pancho’s help Sonia soon realizes that what she once considered a burden is actually a gift in disguise.
“The girl who could silence the wind” is magical realism. The very real lifestyle of poor Latino miners struggling to make a living while enduring life or death situations to escape to freedom and better jobs in the North is interspersed with Latino religious beliefs of milagros (miracles). To help readers who are unfamiliar with the Latino culture, a glossary explaining the definition for the various Spanish terms used in the book would have been helpful.
Recommended for ages 12 to 15.