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Meg Medina is the author of Tia Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Munoz. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Sonia Ocampo is a wonderful heroine in an evocative story with a rich South American setting and a touch of magic. When Sonia is born she is thought to have special powers of healing. While Sonia knows that she is not so blessed, she is still willing to help people but, when a school friend dies, despite Sonia’s help, she knows she must leave and abandon the pretence. Sonia’s story is full of romance and adventure, shot through with magical realism.