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The Queen of Water

Resau, Laura (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Living in a village in Ecuador, a Quechua Indian girl is sent to work as an indentured servant for an upper class "mestizo" family.
Authors: Resau, Laura
Title: The Queen of Water
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 352 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango
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.
Additional Contributors: Farinango, Maria Virginia
ISBN: 0385907613
9780385907613
0385738978
9780385738972
Branch Call Number: y RESAU 2011
Subject Headings: Ecuador Juvenile fiction Social classes Juvenile fiction Indentured servants Juvenile fiction Indians of South America Ecuador Juvenile fiction Quechua Indians Juvenile fiction Quechua Indians Ecuador Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Social classes
Indentured servants
Indians of South America
Quechua Indians
Quechua Indians
LCCN: 2010010512
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When Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds. Based on a true story.

Based on the true story of an Ecuadorian indígena girl given by her destitute parents into domestic slavery to a mestizo family. Fascinating inside story - the author wrote it after 6 years of collaboration with the woman whose story it's based on.


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Very good book. I had no idea about this conflict until I read it. It will definitely make you rethink your "slavery does not exist today" standpoint.

Jul 28, 2013
  • seamar rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting book to read if you plan to travel to Ecuador, shedding light on some of the complexities of the cultural and class relationships. Good story and nicely written.

Jun 15, 2012
  • BPLNextBestTeens rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Queen of Water is a beautiful story of human strength and the search for identity. Living in an impoverished Andean village in Ecuador, at the age of seven Virginia is sold by her family to an upper class mestizo (people of Spanish descent) couple. Virginia struggles with her new life as their servant and becomes trapped in the cycle of an abusive relationship: she suffers verbal and physical abuse yet cannot help but become enamored with the couple’s rich lifestyle and entranced by moments of their praise.

Though it is difficult to read about Virginia’s dire situation, the reader is uplifted by Virginia’s strength and power. Virginia is not a person to let anything or anyone stand in her way.

Based on the true story of Maria Virginia Farinango’s childhood and adolescence, Resau’s rich imagery and eloquent phrasing make for a very compelling read.

Mar 31, 2011
  • lisajenn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel, inspired by the co-author's own childhood, is a must-read. It tells the story of Virginia, an indigenous girl in Ecuador, who is severed from her family and her roots yet manages to achieve amazing things and reclaim her identity. It's beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at once.

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