The Wind Called My Name

The Wind Called My Name

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Choice, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

In this heartwarming historical middle-grade set in the 1930s -- perfect for fans of Esperanza Rising and Hattie Big Sky-- Margarita Sandoval and her family try to navigate the shifting winds of belonging in their new Wyoming town.

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 excited to have a friend her own age in Wyoming. But it often seems like Evangeline, and everyone else in town, doesn't understand or appreciate the Sandovals' Hispanic heritage. At the same time, the Sandovals discover they might lose Abuelita's land and their ancestral home unless they can pay off her tax bill. Can Margaríta keep her friend, help her family in New Mexico, and find a place in Fort Steele for good?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 196 x 25mm | 363g
  • New York City, United States
  • English
  • 1620147807
  • 9781620147801

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Pat Mora, Clare Vanderpool, Jennifer Torres, Supriya Kelkar, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Laura Resau, Karen Cushman
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Review quote

A much-needed and well-written addition to the slate of middle grade novels set during the Great Depression. -- School Library Journal

Debut author Sanchez, a winner of the SCBWI Emerging Voices Award, has created a rich slice-of-life tale with a protagonist who learns to advocate for herself and her family. -- Publishers Weekly

A hopeful historical story with a strong heroine. -- Booklist

This is an important book for our time, compelling and touching. As Mamá would say, '¡Que bueno!' -- Karen Cushman, Newbery Medal-winning author of THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE and GRAYLING'S SONG

A wonderful addition to the history of brave settlers in this country and a tribute to the power of family and faith. -- Pat Mora, author of DOÑA FLOR and BOOKJOY, WORDJOY

Choice, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
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About Mary Louise Sanchez

MARY LOUISE SANCHEZ is a retired schoolteacher and librarian. The Wind Called My Name, her debut novel, is based in part on her family history, particularly the life of her mother, who grew up in Wyoming in the 1930s. A winner of the Tu Books New Visions Award, Mary Louise lives with her husband near Denver, Colorado.
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Rating details

77 ratings
4.35 out of 5 stars
5 51% (39)
4 35% (27)
3 13% (10)
2 1% (1)
1 0% (0)
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