The Epic Fail Of Arturo Zamora
  • The Epic Fail Of Arturo Zamora
  • The Epic Fail Of Arturo Zamora
  • The Epic Fail Of Arturo Zamora
  • The Epic Fail Of Arturo Zamora
ISBN: 1101997257
EAN13: 9781101997253
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 3, 2018
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.8267717" H x 7.716535" L x 5.03937" W
Weight: 0.4409245 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Sensational. --Matt de la Pena, New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author of The Last Stop on Market Street

Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL?

For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela's restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo's apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn't notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of Jose Marti.

Funny and poignant, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy's quest to save both, perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia.

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My 12 year old son is a reluctant reader and this is the first book that he has ever wanted to read. He actually put down electronics to choose to read this book and, after several minutes, said he could actually see the book in his head. What a heartwarming story, said Blair.
   My 5th graders loved it
I couldn't be more excited to be teaching 5th graders in Washington, DC. I used it as an end of year read and they loved it.
   Strong MG
A tight-knit Cuban-American family threatens to buckle under the epic weight of a maniacal business owner, a crush on a quasi-family member, and poet Jose Marti crash into each other in this ode to resilience, to not being afraid to stumble and rise again. The story picks up right where the first book left off. This is not an epic fail, folks, when the cover sports a Pura Belpre' Honor Award.
   Hilarious book about family, community and awkward 1st likes
Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone. Even the most awkward of relationships will begin to “like” someone for the first time. It's a family without falling into the usual clichés, and even secondary characters are allowed to be multi-faceted, Brosnan said. Spanish is woven throughout the speech, translating to English speakers who can understand what is going on. His Spanish-speaking friends were effusive in their praise.
   A pleasure to read about a family that loves and is not disfunctional even when challenged.
What a read! Brick will appeal to middle school students about a connected family and gentrification in their neighborhood. If successful, the sequel will be titled "Merci Deux Magos." If so, he may have an Epic Fail. Go ahead and enjoy the ride.
   Sweet, touching tribute to family
The kind of book that makes you laugh and cry, Raymond said. I'll miss the time I spent with his family and friends the most. It's just that they created it so realistic." He was everything for Arturo and his family, and it was a beautifully touching tribute to family. I also loved the references to Marti, and how these poems help him find his way and do what's right despite the epic fail. My son is reading it now and thoroughly enjoying it.