the epic fail of arturo zamora by pablo cartaya

Arturo is looking forward to the summer … playing basketball and working at Abuela’s restaurant.  But, things turn out differently than he expects when cute Carmen arrives and the future of the restaurant is threatened by a greedy land developer.  As the weeks pass and he spends more time with Abuela, Arturo learns a lot about his Cuban roots and discovers the power of poetry and protest.

From Arturo’s discovery of Jose Marti’s revolutionary poetry to the contagious passion of his civic minded cousin Vanessa, this novel is all about finding your voice and standing up for what you believe in – no matter your age!  I loved Arturo’s big noisy family, his funny friends, the times spent together around good food at Abuela’s restaurant, and the powerful message that everyone can make a difference.  The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora is an epic success!