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What would you do if your family sold you to a rich family to work as a servant?

What would you do if your family sold you to a rich family to work as a servant? This is exactly what happens to Maria Virginia Farinago in The "Queen of Water," by Laura Reseau and Maria Virginia Farinago.

 

Virginia's family is indigenous, or Indian. The mestizos were the rich and powerful ones. Virginia goes to work for a mestizo family at the young age of 7. Virginia feels as if she is walking on eggshells with the Doctorita, the mother of the house, but don Carlos is kind to her. He is how she imagined a father would be. Virginia grows close to don Carlos, and to the young boys she takes care of, but the Doctorita still beats her, and orders her around. E

 

ventually, Virginia grows used to it, and sometimes almost enjoys living in such a fine house, even though she is forced to sleep on the floor, and eat the scraps of food left behind from the family's meals. As she grows older, she pretends that she is not indigenous, but a beautiful mestizo woman. She dresses in the Doctorita's old clothes, wears her old makeup, and even does her hair the mestizo way.

 

As Virginia grows grows up, she faces many hardships, and suffers much pain. Will she survive? What will become of her? Read "The Queen of Water," by Laura Reseau and Maria Virginia Farinago, to find out.

 

This is a true story, and the co-writer of the book, Virginia tells her own story. Although Laura Reseau has written many books, I think that this is definitely her best. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Laura Reseau's other books. The story is aimed at kids 12 and up, for violence.