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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

November 5th, 2018 - Posted in Library News -

910v3TBEG8Lby Pablo Cartaya, 236 pages, Grades 6-8

Arturo thought he would be enjoying the summer, but recent events have turned him into an unexpected activist. His whole family works in his grandmother’s Cuban restaurant, La Cocina. The restaurant is more than a popular place to eat it is the hub of the neighborhood. His grandma has always helped families who are in struggling with gifts of food and a warm place to be. Everyone in the neighborhood loves La Cocina, but it is hard to resist the sweet talking proposals of the real estate developer, silver-tongued Winfrido Pipo. Even Arturo is taken with Pipo’s plans for the new mall until he realizes the development does not include La Cocina anywhere! Is Pipo planning to put grandma out of business? How can that be good for the neighborhood?

If you are interested in social justice issues you might also enjoy reading: The Sky at our Feet, by Nadia Hashimi,  Lucky Broken Girl, by Ruth Behar, or The Stars Beneath our Feet, by David Barclay Moore.

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