AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Pablo’s debut, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, is a 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist, and was included on multiple year-end best book lists. It also received THREE STARRED REVIEWS.
TEACHABLE MOMENTS INCLUDE: the transformative power of travel, the dangers of judging someone based on appearance, exploring your cultural heritage, learning a new language, and more.
A book that shows the nuances of BULLYING, particularly physical versus psychological bullying.
REALISTIC PORTRAYAL of a supporting character with Down syndrome.
TIMELY: With necessary ongoing discussions about Puerto Rican emergency relief, the debt crisis, and statehood versus independence, this book will share a side of Puerto Rico readers need to see.
POIGNANT AND HUMOROUS: Pablo’s writing is poignant, heartwarming, and endlessly accessible. It’s similar in tone to the work of Rita Williams-Garcia and Christopher Paul Curtis.
PRAISE FOR MARCUS VEGA DOESN’T SPEAK SPANISH:
—School Library Journal, starred review
*“An ideal read for boys or reluctant readers.”
—School Library Connection, starred review
“A compelling read about the meaning of family, identity, and culture.”
“Thoughtful and thought provoking.”
“Cartaya’s follow-up to 2018 Pura Belpré Honor Book The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamorashines.”
—The Horn Book
PRAISE FOR THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA:
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*“At turns funny, beautiful, and heartbreaking.”
—Booklist, starred review
*“A vibrant debut novel about family, friendship, and community.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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