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"Sensational." - Matt de la Peña, 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, summetime 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 girl 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 José Martí.

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.

About the Author

Pablo Cartaya

PABLO CARTAYA is the co-author of the popular picture book, Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes (Random House Children's Books) . He recently finished two Upper Middle Grade novels while a graduate student at Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children & Young Adults. He was a finalist for the VCFA-WCYA Critical Thesis Scholarship for his paper on incorporating Spanish into English stories for children and young adults. He received his BA from Loyola Marymount University's Writing Program and will be graduating from VCFA with a Master of Fine Arts degree in July 2014. He currently divides his time between writing, school, working as the Literary Programs Manager at The Writer's Room at The Betsy-South Beach (www.betsywritersroom.com) and playing dinosaur pirate princess with his two rather perfect kids. His family is the peace and meditation on life's most powerful and beautiful things.

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