The Wind Called My Name will officially debut on October 30, 2018. Originally, it was to have come out on September 18. I was very excited about this date because it is the birthday of my maternal grandmother, Josefita Maes Sandoval. She plays a role in my story. However, because of a paper shortage, the debut was then pushed to October 16. Again, I was elated because this is the birthday of our third grandchild, Ally. But, the paper shortage continues, so October 30th is the debut. I’m so ready for this book to be born and hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
I’m delighted that my ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) is getting favorable reviews.
“The Wind Called My Name may be historical fiction, but its message is timely and important: Our communities grow stronger when we share cultural traditions, creative perspectives, and most of all, meaningful friendships. This moving novel will touch your heart and inspire you to reach out and connect.”
—Laura Resau, author of The Queen of Water and The Lightning Queen
“The Wind Called My Name is a heartwarming celebration of family, friendship, culture, and being proud of who you are. Featuring a strong, smart heroine who learns to speak up for herself and speak out against injustice, Mary Louise Sanchez’s debut middle-grade novel is a compelling read.”
—Supriya Kelkar, author of Ahimsa
“A beautifully touching story of family, culture, and resiliency.”
—Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of The Red Umbrella and Moving Target
“A wonderful addition to the history of brave settlers in this country and a tribute to the power of family and faith.”
— Pat Mora, author of Doña Flor and Bookjoy, Wordjoy
“Margarita tells her story with warmth, honesty, and compassion, and through her portrait of saints and sinners, we recognize ourselves among them. The Wind Called My Name opens minds, warms the heart, and renews our faith in one another.”
—Clare Vanderpool, Newbery Medal-winning author of Moon Over Manifest and Navigating Early
“Like a farolito, Sanchez’s protagonist glows with gentle fierceness as she celebrates and stands up for her culture, her family, and her history. Readers will love sharing warm tortillas with Margarita and the Sandoval family.”
—Jennifer Torres, author of Stef Soto, Taco Queen and Flor and Miranda Steal the Show
Thank you, Tu Books, for the beautful book cover illustrated by Raul Colon. It’s amazing! What a special gift to have the cover reveal come out on my birthday. Please see the cover reveal and the short interview on Mr. Schu’s Blog.
Watch this space for updates regarding my writing, my travels and my life in general!