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Laura Resau

Autor/a de Red Glass

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Obres de Laura Resau

Red Glass (2007) 354 exemplars
Star in the Forest (2010) 319 exemplars
The Lightning Queen (2015) 303 exemplars
The Queen of Water (2011) 290 exemplars
What the Moon Saw (2006) 279 exemplars
The Indigo Notebook (2009) 138 exemplars
Tree of Dreams (2019) 33 exemplars
VIRCH (2024) 1 exemplars

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By the Seat of My Pants (2005) — Col·laborador — 145 exemplars
Tales from Nowhere (2006) — Col·laborador — 126 exemplars


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This is based on the true story of a seven year old Quechua Indian girl, Maria Virginia Farinango, taken from her indigenous home in Ecuador by a well-to-do mestizos couple, consisting of a dentist and a professor. Children taken like this were kept as virtual slaves expected to do all the nastiest and most burdensome household and child care chores without recompense. Since Virginia had grown up in a village with dirt floors without electricity or water, she had no idea how to manage such chores and was severely beaten on a regular basis for not living up to expectations.

While some girls were taken back to their villages periodically to visit their families, Virginia’s captors added psychological abuse and told Virginia that her mother no longer wanted her; if taken back her mother would sell her to someone else who treated her even worse. Later it becomes clear that Virginia’s family did not know where she had gone or why she stayed away.

Virginia was promised school, but it never happened. Instead, she was locked in the house while her white captors were gone for the day and she was rarely allowed outside. However, her master gave her the key to learning how to read and Maria devoured the household books and later the schoolbooks her master’s children had.

As she grew into a beautiful teenager her master’s kindness and interest in took a sexual turn and Maria’s position became intolerable. She was able to contact her family with the help of a neighbor and escape.

Although she first returned to her family and indigena village, it became clear that she no longer belonged there in the deep poverty, lack of schools, and unending field labor.

Virginia reached for the stars, supporting herself as a maid while applying to mestizo schools and entering a nation wide pageant. She dreamed of a future where “dirty Indians” could take their places with futures beyond the poor villages or domestic servants.

This was interesting and well-written. Virginia’s story began in the 1980’s. It is no longer legal in Ecuador for children to be taken from their indigina families. Yet children of these villages still do not have the opportunities for school and careers that the mestizos do. Very different and yet the same in many ways as Native Americans were and are treated here in the U.S. – looked down upon as being a less intelligent and a lesser people by the descendants of those who conquered the area.
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streamsong | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Mar 14, 2024 |
A gentle, homey book about the rainforest. dreamy and slow paced.
Story: Refreshing renewed over visit to the rainforest by chocolate loving environmentalists
Diversity of experience: visit to amazon, elderly friend, single mom, latinx friend
Friends: Best friendship broken
Family relationships: Dad MIA, loving relationship with mom
Sad: Environmental degradation
mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
The Ruby Notebook is memorable for its devotion to often forsaken pigeons.

Zeeta and the fantome mystery go on way too long,
but the scary Celtic Sacred Waters mystery excitement makes up for long lulls.

As well there is the promise of renewed romance!

And readers get a wonderfully improbable ending!
m.belljackson | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Aug 6, 2022 |
A biographical novelized version of Maria Virginia Farinango's life in an Andean village in Ecuador, the book follows Virginia from age 7 to 16 -- a topsy turvy life from scrapping at her parents hut to being an unpaid household servant for a professor and dentist back to the village and then onto a prestigious school. The book's real theme is the story of ambition and determination as Virginia seeks to throw off her indigenous roots to assimilate in the ruling class of mestizos/Spanish descendants only to discover her roots are what makes her special. This book won a YA Fiction award and deservingly so.… (més)
skipstern | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Jul 11, 2021 |



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