||The tradition of poverty-stricken indigenous Ecuadorean families sending their little girls to work for wealthy mestizo (people of Spanish descent) families is not unique. Spinning a painful and moving tale, this story follows seven-year-old Virginia as she grows up in the household of an abusive mestizo family. As she gets older, Virginia finds herself in more and more difficult straits, but her intelligence, sense of humor, and strength of character help her find a way out. Author Laura Resau was inspired by the experiences of Maria Virginia Farinango, and collaborated with her to create this deeply compelling young adult novel.
||Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village of indígenas, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, or to be called a longa tonta—stupid Indian—by members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds.In this poignant novel based on a true story, acclaimed author Laura Resau has collaborated with María Virginia Farinango to recount one girl's unforgettable journey to self-discovery. Virginia's story will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to find his or her place in the world. It will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately, it will fill you with hope.From the Hardcover edition.