This week, we will be turning our attention to author Meg Medina. Medina is the author of several children’s, young adult, and adult books. A daughter of Cuban immigrants, Medina’s family emigrated to the United States as political exiles. She grew up in Queens, New York, but currently resides in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, children, and a host of other family members.
Medina has been an author for over fifteen years. Much of her work focuses on young Latinas, with Medina drawing inspiration from her own experiences as a Cuban-American. She also relies upon her family’s stories and experiences from Cuba. When asked why she tends to write books that are heavy on Latino culture, Medina refers back to that family history, noting, “I think it’s really essential that we present really respectful, accurate examples of who we are: all the different people who make up what we call family” (author interview). Yet Medina’s work also goes beyond strictly Latino culture. Even as she articulates cultural values, she also emphasizes themes that are of special importance to young adults of any background. One of her more recent works, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, for example, focuses on the theme of bullying. And many of her books offer strong portrayals of female protagonists who break institutional stereotypes.
This month we’re featuring Medina’s book The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. Some of her other works that are appropriate for students include Tía Isa Wants a Car (a children’s book) and Milagros: a Girl from Away.
Hopefully, you have a chance to take a look at The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind as well as some of Medina’s other books over your break!
Until next year,