The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

The Epic Fail of Arturo ZamoraThe Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
by Pablo Cartaya
Grades 4 & up

Arturo’s family is centered around the restaurant founded by his grandparents. La Cocina de la Isla is a popular meeting place in their neighborhood — Abuela knows everyone and they all love her. That is until Wilfredo Pipo comes to town. Pipo is a real estate developer and he has a grand plan to “improve” their neighborhood. He tries to win over the community before a big council vote with all sorts of freebies and parties. With Abuela sick and Arturo’s mom unwilling to act, Arturo and Carmen (a close family friend who he has a crush on) take it upon themselves to figure out what is going on and how to stop it. The poems of Jose Marti and Arturo’s grandparents’ journey from Cuba are woven in throughout the story. Recommended for grades 4 & up.

ARC provided by publisher

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