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The hunt for The Hummingbird’s Daughter
Hunt for your copy of The Hummingbirds Daughter at your local bookstore or library (The Durango Public Library pictured above).

Hunt for your copy of The Hummingbird's Daughter at your local bookstore or library (The Durango Public Library pictured above).

Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter is a historical look at the author’s own bloodline.  Both a lesson on Mexico in the early 1900s —  complete with a jarring take on life on haciendas and the great divide between the rich and the poor — and a somewhat mystical story of a gifted little girl, Teresita; the book is partly an educational tale, but mostly a magical journey of a girl whose hard-knock life is turned around.

Hitting the ground awoke her.

Tia had carried her outside and tossed her over the top of the pigpen fence.

“If you are going to act like a pig, then live with the pigs. I’m through with you!”

The People did nothing. They stepped back into their huts and dropped their blankets over the doorways. Tia ushered her children inside. Teresita rolled over and got up on her knees. Pig sh*% burned in her welts.

Tia reappeared.

“And don’t you die on me!” she said. “Do you hear? That’s all I need, more trouble like that!”

The rough door slapped shut.

Teresita felt golden ants swarm her. A rush of tickling up her arms and legs, relentless feet strumming her tissues like guitar strings. Her eyes closed.


Teresita doesn’t stay down for long.  Pick up a copy of The Hummingbird’s Daughter at your local bookstore or library to see what happens next.


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