Rosa, Sola

Rosa, Sola

by Carmela A Martino

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BN ID: 2940157146566
Publisher: Carmela A Martino
Publication date: 08/24/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 305 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

CARMELA MARTINO is a freelance writer and writing teacher living in the Chicago area. She wrote ROSA, SOLA while working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. The novel was named to several award lists, including Booklist’s “Top Ten First Novels for Youth” and the Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the year.

Carmela’s credits for young readers also include short stories and poems in anthologies and magazines. Her articles and essays for adults have appeared in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, WRITER'S DIGEST, and multiple editions of the CHILDREN'S WRITER'S AND ILLUSTRATIOR'S MARKET (Writer’s Digest Books). She teaches writing workshops for both children and adults at various locations, including the College of DuPage, where she’s been an adjunct instructor since 1998. She founded, a blog by six children’s authors who are also writing teachers, where she posts regularly.

For more information, visit, where you can also join her e-newsletter mailing list.

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Rosa, Sola 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JarmVee 7 days ago
Totally immersed into an Italian-American Catholic family, Rosa, a lonely and only child finds solace in her thoughts and prayers for what she desires most: a baby brother. Although her prayers are finally answered, events take a tragic turn, and now she feels twice alone, even with a bustling family surrounding her who are trying desperately to help. As her heart accepts the circumstances, she grows to have a deeper understanding and love for God and family. I can relate to “Rosa, Sola” in two ways- I’m an only child who always wanted a baby brother, and I’m married to a man who grew up in a family just like Rosa’s! Middle graders can relate to feelings of loneliness and isolation in this sensitive story of acceptance and reconciliation.
mattlhm on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Carmela A. Martino's Rosa, Sola is a quiet examination of a 10-year-old Italian American girl's hope for and eventual loss of a younger sibling through a stillbirth. She has to deal with an urge to feel the baby's death was somehow her fault for wanting it too much, and at the same time watch those around her deal with the loss within their own abilities, much to her dissatisfaction. The book, clearly written for young children at the upper elementary-level, is nevertheless haunting in its descriptions of a mother's physical and mental deterioration after a difficult miscarriage. The reader is gently pulled away from this dire situation equally effecting the young Rosa through the story's rendering of a relationship she shares with a favorite uncle. He informs her while in a cemetary of his own earlier loss of a first wife, and this part of the narrative neatly tidies up and arranges for Rosa's newfound understanding of a martinet of an aunt intent on keeping her from her mother's grief. Suspect in the storytelling was its little use of mid-1960s Chicago as the story's backdrop, set at a time when the city was vibrantly in the forefront of changing American culture. Except for the naming of a popular beach along the city's lakefront early on in the exposition, no pertinent landmark is ever again mentioned, lending to the notion that the story could have taken place in any large U.S. city. This book can best be utilized in a middle school library as a type of muticultural guide to Italian culture in the United States as attested by its glossary of Italian words used throughout the story.