The Wind Called My Name

by Mary Louise Sanchez

Coming October 30, 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 Caroline, she’s excited to have a friend her own age . . . but it seems like Caroline, and everyone else in town, doesn’t understand or appreciate the Sandovals’ Hispanic heritage, or Margaríta’s father’s efforts to keep his job. How can Margaríta keep her friend, find a place in Fort Steele, and yet remain true to herself?

Mary Louise Sanchez is a retired teacher/librarian. The Wind Called My Name is based in part on her family history, particularly the life of her mother, who was born and raised in Fort Steele, Wyoming. The Wind Called My Name is her debut novel.

She won the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) inaugural On-the-Verge Emerging Voice Award in 2012; Tu Books New Visions Award 2016; and was a finalist in the children’s fiction division for the WILLA Award, sponsored by Women Writing the West in 2019.

Mary Louise lives with her husband in the metro area of Denver, Colorado. They have four grown children and eight grandchildren.

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