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 friends and embarrass her family, she leaves home to work in the house of a wealthy woman in the city. There she is finally what she wants to be just a girl like any other. But when misfortune falls upon her family, she must confront the truth, no matter how difficult. With a hint of magical realism and romance, Meg Medina weaves a poignant tale about a girl who dares to face life's harsh truths and find power within herself.
About the Author
Meg Medina is the author of the young adult novel The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and the 2012 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for her picture book, Tia Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Munoz. About Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, she says, Years ago, when I was in school, a girl in a rabbit-fur jacket cornered me in the school yard and announced that one of our school bullies, a Latina girl named Jackie, was going to beat me up. What I remember most from that time was loneliness and all the risky choices I made as I embarked on the search for a tough-girl shell that could withstand any attack. But as I struggled against the dread of being in school, I became someone else entirely. I hid every talent and interest I had in the hope of appearing fierce and untouchable to Jackie and the rest of the world. It was a struggle to find my identity and inner strength as a student, as a young woman, as a Latina. I was in a fight for my dignity. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Meg Medina grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.