Carmela Martino

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Carmela A Martino
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN-10: 1535185325
ISBN-13: 9781535185325
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Category: Middle Grade

Rosa, Sola

Synopsis:

Rosa Bernardi, an only child living with her Italian immigrant parents in 1960s Chicago, often feels alone, or sola, as her parents would say. But after she holds her best friend AnnaMaria’s baby brother for the first time, Rosa is sure that if she prays hard enough, God will send her a brother of her own. When Rosa’s prayers for a sibling are answered, she is overjoyed—until tragedy strikes. Rosa is left feeling more sola than ever, and wondering if her broken family will ever be whole again.
 

Originally published by Candlewick Press, this new edition (in paperback & ebook) includes a "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use. 

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Marlyn Ciesla said on 11/05/2016:
Wonderful book to have read today, Nov 5, 2016- not sure why I waited so long. I loved how it showed people dealing with grief in different ways. It provides a realistic portrayal of an only child, too. Two lovely surprises for me were references to the Chicago Cubs and Rosa choosing three different colored roses.
Claudia Stenvig-Olsen said on 11/05/2016:
Great book!!
Jan Moran said on 11/05/2016:
Great book! Love the new cover!
Carol Bax said on 11/05/2016:
Our Mother/Daughter Book Group read this when it first came out. It was an excellent choice.
Sherry York said on 11/05/2016:
I am glad to see Rosa, Sola is still available. I included it in my guide to multicultural literature "Booktalking Authentic Multicultural Literature: Fiction and History for Young Readers" (Sherry York, Linworth Books, 2009) as an excellent representation of Italian Americans.
Kathy Doherty said on 11/04/2016:
Classroom teachers reading this book aloud will appreciate the discussion questions that are included.
Kimberly said on 11/04/2016:
I loved this book! I gave a copy to my then 13 year old daughter (with Italian decent) and she loved it as much as me. Truly a gem!
Cesar Chacon said on 11/04/2016:
I am looking forward to getting a signed copy. The description you gave at our meeting was great. I'm just sorry I didn't have the cash on hand to buy the book while you were there. I will not let that happen again!
janet Halfmann said on 11/04/2016:
Sounds like a fascinating read.
Darlene said on 11/04/2016:
I loved this book! Perfect for junior high through adult! It portrays real life.
David A said on 11/04/2016:
Very well wriiten. A moving and enjoyable read.
Judy Peters said on 11/04/2016:
I loved reading Rosa Sola, I even read it twice! My twenty-something daughter even read and enjoyed it. Carmela, you did a great job. I am looking forward to your next book!
Bobbi Miller said on 11/04/2016:
This looks wonderful!!
Deanna K. Klingel said on 11/04/2016:
I loved this book! Glad to see it getting out there and getting notice.
Claudia M said on 11/04/2016:
congratulations on your new editions!
Janice Palko said on 11/04/2016:
For every child who has ever felt isolated, this is a must- read.
Barb Szyszkiewicz said on 11/04/2016:
This novel is a much-needed, sensitive treatment of a touch subject not often tackled with this age group. A guide for parents/teachers is included. Highly recommended.
Sheila Welch said on 11/04/2016:
Hi! I LOVE the new cover that's on the paperback, Carmela. Congratulations on the new edition, which should invite lots more kids to read and connect with your story.
Linda Baie said on 11/04/2016:
This is on my TBR list, sounds like a story all of us should read to see how changes happen and people make life happen anyway! Thanks, Carmela!
Ann Angel said on 11/04/2016:
Such a sweet story.
Janet McDonnell said on 11/04/2016:
Congratulations Carmela! Good luck with this great book!
Susan Ekins said on 11/04/2016:
Well-written story that will appeal to middle-grade children. Life is not always perfect, and this story shows the reader how Rosa dealt with a difficult situation. It also teaches empathy as it shows the reader what it would be like to live in an immigrant family.
A.J. Cattapan said on 11/03/2016:
Can't wait to read this book!
Laura Moe said on 11/03/2016:
Nice cover. Sounds like a good book.
Joyce Ray said on 11/02/2016:
I'm happy Rosa Sola has new life! Love the cover and seeing you pitch your book!
Christina Hoag said on 11/02/2016:
Love historical fiction for kids!
Laurie Ditton said on 11/01/2016:
This looks like a great story.
Lin Oliver said on 10/11/2016:
So glad to see this book come out again. Still relevant for young readers!
Debbie Dadey said on 10/11/2016:
What a great new cover for a great story!

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Awards & Accolades for Rosa, Sola:

• Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth
• Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year
• Baltimore County Public Library Great Books for Kids
• Chicago Tribune Read & Write 100 Great Books for Summertime or Anytime
• Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval





Rosa Bernardi, an only child living with her Italian immigrant parents in 1960s Chicago, often feels alone, or sola, as her parents would say. But after she holds her best friend AnnaMaria’s baby brother for the first time, Rosa is sure that if she prays hard enough, God will send her a brother of her own. When Rosa’s prayers for a sibling are answered, she is overjoyed—until tragedy strikes. Rosa is left feeling more sola than ever, and wondering if her broken family will ever be whole again.
 

Originally published by Candlewick Press, this new edition (in paperback & ebook) includes a "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use. 

Carmela Martino is a writing teacher, freelance writer, and author of short stories, poems and novels for children/teens. She began writing Rosa, Sola (Candlewick Press), while working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. The novel was chosen a Booklist “Top Ten First Novel for Youth” and named to Bank Street College of Education's list of Best Books of the year. Other credits for young readers include the humorous short story, “Big Z, Cammi, and Me,” in the middle-grade anthology, I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos (Candlewick Press), edited by Johanna Hurwitz, and poems in the anthologies And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School.

In addition to writing stories and poems for children and teens, Carmela works as a freelance writer for adult publications. Her articles and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Writer’s Digest, and multiple editions of the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books). She has taught adult writing classes at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL since 1998. She also teaches writing workshops for both children and adults at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

Carmela co-founded TeachingAuthors.com, a blog by six children's authors who are also writing teachers, where she posts regularly. For more information, visit her website, where you can also join her e-newsletter mailing list.

Contact me via my website or visit me on Facebook. You can also follow me on Pinterest.
"Offering a great deal of nuance within an approachable narrative, this tender novel glows with affection and hope for its grieving family—and with promise for its first-time author."
Starred review, Booklist

"A lucid and quiet telling that respects its characters’ historical perspectives."
—Chicago Tribune

"The story unfolds layer by layer, revealing each character’s personality, secrets, and flaws. . . . The healing is drawn honestly and the ending is ultimately hopeful."
—School Library Journal

"A warm, tender tale that touches the heart."
—Kirkus Reviews

Awards & Accolades for Rosa, Sola:

• Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth
• Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year
• Baltimore County Public Library Great Books for Kids
• Chicago Tribune Read & Write 100 Great Books for Summertime or Anytime
• Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval
    Guestbook Comments
    Marlyn Ciesla said on November 5, 2016:
    Wonderful book to have read today, Nov 5, 2016- not sure why I waited so long. I loved how it showed people dealing with grief in different ways. It provides a realistic portrayal of an only child, too. Two lovely surprises for me were references to the Chicago Cubs and Rosa choosing three different colored roses.

    Claudia Stenvig-Olsen said on November 5, 2016:
    Great book!!

    Jan Moran said on November 5, 2016:
    Great book! Love the new cover!

    Carol Bax said on November 5, 2016:
    Our Mother/Daughter Book Group read this when it first came out. It was an excellent choice.

    Sherry York said on November 5, 2016:
    I am glad to see Rosa, Sola is still available. I included it in my guide to multicultural literature "Booktalking Authentic Multicultural Literature: Fiction and History for Young Readers" (Sherry York, Linworth Books, 2009) as an excellent representation of Italian Americans.

    Kathy Doherty said on November 4, 2016:
    Classroom teachers reading this book aloud will appreciate the discussion questions that are included.

    Kimberly said on November 4, 2016:
    I loved this book! I gave a copy to my then 13 year old daughter (with Italian decent) and she loved it as much as me. Truly a gem!

    Cesar Chacon said on November 4, 2016:
    I am looking forward to getting a signed copy. The description you gave at our meeting was great. I'm just sorry I didn't have the cash on hand to buy the book while you were there. I will not let that happen again!

    janet Halfmann said on November 4, 2016:
    Sounds like a fascinating read.

    Darlene said on November 4, 2016:
    I loved this book! Perfect for junior high through adult! It portrays real life.

    David A said on November 4, 2016:
    Very well wriiten. A moving and enjoyable read.

    Judy Peters said on November 4, 2016:
    I loved reading Rosa Sola, I even read it twice! My twenty-something daughter even read and enjoyed it. Carmela, you did a great job. I am looking forward to your next book!

    Bobbi Miller said on November 4, 2016:
    This looks wonderful!!

    Deanna K. Klingel said on November 4, 2016:
    I loved this book! Glad to see it getting out there and getting notice.

    Claudia M said on November 4, 2016:
    congratulations on your new editions!

    Janice Palko said on November 4, 2016:
    For every child who has ever felt isolated, this is a must- read.

    Barb Szyszkiewicz said on November 4, 2016:
    This novel is a much-needed, sensitive treatment of a touch subject not often tackled with this age group. A guide for parents/teachers is included. Highly recommended.

    Sheila Welch said on November 4, 2016:
    Hi! I LOVE the new cover that's on the paperback, Carmela. Congratulations on the new edition, which should invite lots more kids to read and connect with your story.

    Linda Baie said on November 4, 2016:
    This is on my TBR list, sounds like a story all of us should read to see how changes happen and people make life happen anyway! Thanks, Carmela!

    Ann Angel said on November 4, 2016:
    Such a sweet story.

    Janet McDonnell said on November 4, 2016:
    Congratulations Carmela! Good luck with this great book!

    Susan Ekins said on November 4, 2016:
    Well-written story that will appeal to middle-grade children. Life is not always perfect, and this story shows the reader how Rosa dealt with a difficult situation. It also teaches empathy as it shows the reader what it would be like to live in an immigrant family.

    A.J. Cattapan said on November 3, 2016:
    Can't wait to read this book!

    Laura Moe said on November 3, 2016:
    Nice cover. Sounds like a good book.

    Joyce Ray said on November 2, 2016:
    I'm happy Rosa Sola has new life! Love the cover and seeing you pitch your book!

    Christina Hoag said on November 2, 2016:
    Love historical fiction for kids!

    Laurie Ditton said on November 1, 2016:
    This looks like a great story.

    Lin Oliver said on October 11, 2016:
    So glad to see this book come out again. Still relevant for young readers!

    Debbie Dadey said on October 11, 2016:
    What a great new cover for a great story!

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