Nomination: The Queen of Water: A novel based on a true story

Resau, Laura & Farinango, Maria Virginia. 2011. 368 p. Delacorte/Random House, $16.99. 978-0-385-73897-2. Gr. 7 -10. [mpn]

 Based on a true story, this powerful novel recounts Virginia’s struggle and journey of self-discovery.  At age seven, Virginia is taken away from her small Andean village and  family  in Ecuador to work for a middle-class mestizo (of Spanish heritage) couple without any knowledge of what the future will hold. Her heartbreaking story of emotional and physical abuse and journey toward reconcilation  is seamlessly told in this first-person narrative. Virginia’s determination to survive coupled with her strong spirit and humor will touch the hearts of readers.

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