The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!

It's Summer time, so in my house that still means school time with a lot more free time though.  And my kiddos like to read in their free time.  So this Mama is stocking the shelves with some fun new exciting books. One of them happens to be The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora written by Pablo Cartaya.  I've never read anything from this Author, but I was excited to add it to our library for a few reasons.  One we are originally from Florida and have family living in Miami where this story is so lively situated in.  And two it's about Family and my life is about Family, loving each other, standing up for each other and fighting for each other.  This book also lets me peek into the spicy flare of the Latino culture.  The Spanish dialogue mixed through out the book added an authentic experience to the story I wasn't expecting, but loved and appreciated.  The Author is already very descriptive and detailed, but they way he writes I could smell the foods laid out onto the Family table.  I could feel the love... my feet almost swayed as I imagined music in the background.  I definitely was taken back in time to when I was a young 13. :)


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.
Pablo Cartaya has always been a hopeless romantic. In middle school he secretly loved reading Shakespeare’s sonnets (don’t tell anyone), and he once spent his allowance on roses for a girl he liked. He also wrote her eight poems. Bad ones. He’s been writing ever since. Pablo has worked in Cuban restaurants and the entertainment industry, and he graduated with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. All of these experiences have helped him write stories that reflect his family, culture, and love of words. Pablo lives in Miami with his wife and two kids, surrounded by tías, tíos, cousins, and people who he calls cousins (but aren’t really his cousins). Learn more about Pablo at pablocartaya.com.

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Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya (ARV: $16.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 15, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 29, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 2, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Week One:
May 15 – Ms. Yingling Reads – Review
May 16 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Guest Post
May 17 – Folded Pages Distillery – Review
May 18 – All Done Monkey – Review
May 19 – Margie’s Must Reads – Guest Post
Week Two:
May 22 – Four Violet – Review
May 23 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
May 24Little Earthling Blog – Review
May 25The Reading Nook Reviews – Review
May 26The Boy Reader

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