PUBLISHER: Puffin Books
AVAILABLE FORMATS: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
By Pablo Cartaya
Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you’re only in the eighth grade, you’re both a threat and a target.
After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus’s mom decides it’s time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don’t remember or have never met. But Marcus can’t focus knowing that his father–who walked out of their lives ten years ago–is somewhere on the island.
So begins Marcus’s incredible journey, a series of misadventures that take him all over Puerto Rico in search of his elusive namesake. Marcus doesn’t know if he’ll ever find his father, but what he ultimately discovers changes his life. And he even learns a bit of Spanish along the way.
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ALA Notable Children's Book for Middle Readers, 2019
Américas Award, Commended Title, 2019
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books, 2019
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2019
CBCC - Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Choices Best-of-the-year List, 2019
Chicago Public Library Kids Best of the Best Books 2018, Fiction for Older Readers
School Library Connection, Starred Review, 2018
School Library Journal Best Books of 2018
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