Carmela A. Martino, Children's Book Author

Highlighted Works . . .

Short Story in Anthology
Short story in I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos, a middle-grade anthology edited by Johanna Hurwitz. See the teacher's guide here.
Poem in And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer, a collection of 50 sports poems by writers from 10 countries.
Middle-Grade Novel
After praying and praying for a younger sibling, Rosa is thrilled to learn her mother is finally pregnant. But then tragedy strikes, and each member of her family must find a way to cope—including Rosa.
To read an excerpt from the novel, click here.
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For a list of discussion questions, click here.
Poem in Anthology
In Chicken Soup for the Soup: Teens Talk High School edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, & Madeline Clapps
For Recommended Reading for Children and Teens click below:


Carmela's Blog
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Resources for Great Beginnings Presentation

October 2, 2013

Tags: Beginnings, Presentations, Resources


Here are links to the online resources I'll be sharing at the Ela Public Library presentation, "Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages" on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 :

* Writer's Digest magazine Jan, 2011 article by Elizabeth Sims, "8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One." .
* Article by Bharti Kirchner in The Writer, Dec. 2010, “The Pleasures and Perils of Prologues ."

Blog posts by former literary agent Mary Kole, who is also the author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest Books):
“The Promise of the Novel."
“First Lines ."
“Fix Your Beginning."

If you have any questions about the presentation, you can post them as a comment below or email me via the "Contact" page of this blog.


You're invited to a Book Party!

October 2, 2012

Tags: Book Launch, Poetry



My poem, "At the Chicago Marathon," is one of 50 sports-themed poems in And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer. I'll be one of six poets celebrating the book's release with editor Heidi Roemer at Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 7 pm. The official flyer announcing the event is shown at right.

Hope you'll join us. Children ages 6-12 are especially welcome!
For more information, see the listing for the "Heidi Roemer and Friends" event at the
Anderson's Bookshop website .


48-Hour Book Challenge Comes to an End

June 5, 2011

Tags: 48-Hour Book Challenge, Reading


Well, it's now 9 pm Sunday, the end of my 48-hour book challenge. Today I finished reading my friend's young adult historical novel work-in-progress that I blogged about yesterday. Then I began The Name of the Rose, an adult novel by Umberto Eco. Both are quite different from Melvin Beederman Superhero: The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich, the book I began the Challenge reading. :-)

Today I read for a total of 5 hours. Adding that to my previous total of 8 hours, 45 minutes, gives me a total of 13 hours, 45 minutes. [That includes about 60-90 minutes spent blogging and reading a few blog posts. If I do this again next year, I'll know to track my blog-related reading more carefully. This year, I simply noted my stopping and starting times without differentiating time spent online. But I was careful to limit my online time.] I don't believe I've ever spent that much time reading fiction in one 48-hour period, except perhaps in my college days.

This has been a most interesting, and fun, experience.


48-Hour Book Challenge End of Day Status

June 4, 2011

Tags: 48-Hour Book Challenge, Reading


Stopping for tonight. I managed 7 hours and 30 minutes today. Add that to yesterday's 1 hour, 15 minutes and I'm up to a total of 8 hours 45 minutes so far. All of today's reading was a historical young adult novel set in the 1930s. It's a work-in-progress I'm critiquing for a friend. I'm almost at the end, but my eyes are getting tomorrow. I hope to finish it tomorrow.


48-Hour Book Challenge Status

June 4, 2011

Tags: 48-Hour Book Challenge, Reading


I managed to put in only 1 hour 15 minutes of reading time last night. It's now 1 pm, Saturday, and I'm ready to sit down to some serious reading. It's too hot and muggy to be outside for long, so I'm going to read in the comfort of my lovely air-conditioned office.


Finished Reading My First Book for the 48-Hour Challenge

June 3, 2011

Tags: 48-Hour Book Challenge, Reading


It's 9:35 pm and I just finished reading my first book of the 48-Hour Book Challenge: Melvin Beederman Superhero: The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich, by Greg Trine. I'd started the book earlier in the day, so it didn't take long to finish, since it's a chapter book aimed at grades 2-4. Fun, light romp.

Now the tough part: deciding what to read next.


Time to Start the 48-Hour Book Challenge

June 3, 2011

Tags: 48-Hour Book Challenge, Reading

Well, I meant to start several hours ago, but I got sidetracked. So I'm setting my official start time as 9 pm, CST today, Friday. We'll see how much reading I can accomplish between now and 9 pm Sunday.

If you're interested in participating, visit the MotherReader blog.


Coming this Weekend: 48-Hour Book Challenge

June 1, 2011

Tags: 48-Hour Book Challenge, Reading



After sitting on the sidelines for two years now, I've signed up to participate in this year's 48-Hour Book Challenge, hosted over at the MotherReader blog. I have a stack of books waiting to be read. Watch this spot later in the week for reports on my progress, and do consider joining me in the challenge. (There are some cool prizes!)


Mary, Seat of Wisdom School Visit Photos Now Posted

February 18, 2011

Tags: School visits, Mary Seat of Wisdom School



Today I posted two photos from my recent visit to Mary, Seat of Wisdom School on my News page. Above is a photo of me with Mrs. Dittemore, the school's music teacher and Ms. Slaboch, the art teacher. They made me feel very welcome that day, as did the students.


Visit to Mary, Seat of Wisdom School

February 8, 2011

Tags: School visits, Mary Seat of Wisdom School


Today I had the pleasure of speaking to the students at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School in Park Ridge, IL. They were a terrific audience! I plan to post photos from the visit later. Meanwhile, if you're a student at MSW and you have any follow-up questions about my presentation, you can post them here (with your parent's consent).