The Wind Called My Name
by Mary Louise Sanchez
Coming June 2018 from Lee & Low Books! Read the announcement here!
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 familia and compadres 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 . . . but it seems like Evangeline, and everyone else in town, doesn’t understand or appreciate the Sandovals’ Hispanic heritage, or Margaríta’s father’s efforts to organize the rail workers in a union. How can Margaríta keep her friend, find a place in Fort Steele, and yet remain true to herself?
Mary Louise Sanchez is a retired schoolteacher and librarian. The Wind Called My Name is based in part on her family history, particularly the life of her grandmother, who also moved from New Mexico to Wyoming as a young girl. The Wind Called My Name is her debut novel. A winner of the Tu Books New Visions Award, Mary Louise lives with her husband near Denver, Colorado.
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