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Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives along with her huge relations in a small, earthen-walled residing. In her village of ind?genas, it is common to paintings within the fields all day, while a baby, or to be referred to as a longa tonta—stupid Indian—by contributors of the ruling type of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. while seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no proposal what the longer term holds.In this poignant novel in keeping with a real tale, acclaimed writer Laura Resau has collaborated with Mar?a Virginia Farinango to recount one girl's unforgettable trip to self-discovery. Virginia's tale will converse to an individual who has ever struggled to discover his or her position on this planet. it'll make you snort and cry, and eventually, it's going to fill you with desire.

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Mamita, come get me. Mamita, come get me. Something inside me repeats this like a mantra, like a drumbeat along with my heart and pulse and throbbing head. Hours later, with my raw hands still submerged in the harsh bubbles, it finally hits me like a punch in the stomach: My mother is not coming to get me. chapter 4 “I WANT TO GO HOME,” I tell Niño Carlitos at dinner that night, biting my tongue to keep in the tears so that he won’t think I’m a crybaby. My accent is so thick I hope he understands the words.

Text copyright © 2011 by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango All rights reserved. , New York. Delacorte Press is a registered trademark and the colophon is a trademark of Random House, Inc. Visit us on the Web! com/teachers Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Resau, Laura. The Queen of Water / by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango. — 1st ed. p. cm. Summary: Living in a village in Ecuador, a Quechua Indian girl is sent to work as an indentured servant for an upper class “mestizo” family.

Mamita watches me thinking. Her voice turns silky. ” I’ve only seen TV once before, but my older sister, Matilde, watches it all the time. She’s twelve years old and works as a maid for mestizos in Quito, about two hours away. They’re nice mestizos, she tells us on her visits home once a month. Of course, I would be happy if she came only once a year. Whenever Matilde visits, Mamita gives her the biggest potato from the soup and goes on and on about how beautiful and plump and fair-skinned she is.

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