AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Pablo Cartaya’s debut novel is the recipient of a Pura Belpré Author Honor and three starred reviews. It’s a Kirkus, NYPL, and CPL Best Book of 2017, and Pablo was selected as a PW Flying Start alongside Angie Thomas.
UNIQUE HOOK CELEBRATING STRONG GIRLS: Emilia’s love of welding is inspired by real metal working, tinkering, and makers workshops for girls, which are gaining popularity.
Thematically, this book is FOR READERS OF Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper, Rules by Cynthia Lord, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
A FATHER-DAUGHTER STORY that will break your heart and put it back together again.
Each Tiny Spark is an exciting evolution for Pablo. With each book, his voice gets sharper and he invites young readers to ask bigger questions. We see this becoming an award contender and a SCHOOL AND LIBRARY FAVORITE.
A THOUGHTFUL LOOK AT IMPORTANT ISSUES such as micro cultures, proximity to whiteness and the concept of “passing,” school segregation that persists today, gender norms within the Latino community, learning disabilities, and complicated father-daughter relationships.
Each Tiny Spark highlights THE DIVERSITY WITHIN THE LATINX COMMUNITY: Latinos aren’t monolithic. This book adds to our understanding of what Latinidad looks like in this country (in this case, the South).
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS: Fulfills Kokila’s mission of centering stories from the margins, celebrating the full range of authors’ experiences, and answering the call for more diverse children’s literature.
PRAISE FOR THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA:
* “Irresistibly exquisite.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “Engrossing.”—Booklist, starred review
* “Vibrant.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book
An E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Award finalist
A 2018 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
Amazon Best Children’s Books of 2017
Publishers Weekly Flying Start
Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2017
Chicago Public Library Best Book on 2017
NYPL Best Books for Kids 2017
2017 Nerdy Book Award Winner
2018 Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection
2018-2019 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee
2018-2019 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Nominee
Charlotte Observer Best Books of 2017 for Young Readers
News & Observer Best Books for Young Readers
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