Carmela A. Martino

Author. Speaker. Teacher.

Selected Works

Middle-Grade Novel
Rosa didn't know which she hated more--being lonely or being different. One thing she did know--she wanted a baby brother . . . one just like Antonio.

To read an excerpt from the novel,
click here.

For a list of discussion questions, click here.

The new edition of Rosa, Sola is now available, and includes a new "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use. The paperback can be ordered directly here, and from most online booksellers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon, and the Nook version is at!
Two Articles in the book below
Carmela's two articles appears in the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books).
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.
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

Please note: This is only an occasional blog. Please see my regular posts at

New photo posted

April 25, 2009

Tags: School visits, St. Joseph School

I've posted a photo from my visit with the writing club at St. Joseph School in Downers Grove. You can see at on the "News" page of the website.

The New Blog Revealed

April 23, 2009

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Group Blog

The new blog I hinted about last month is now up and running. It's blog by six children's book authors (including me) who happen to also teach writing. We plan to discuss topics of interest to writers, teachers, and librarians. Stop by and check us out!

Visit to St. Joseph School

April 21, 2009

Tags: School visits, St. Joseph School

I had a great visit at St. Joseph School in Downers Grove, Illinois last week. (See the "News" page for a photo.) Several of the Writing Club members I spoke with that day have already posted comments here. I'd love to hear from other students, too. Feel free to post comments here about what you learned from the talk, or what you enjoyed most.

Also, if you are a student or teacher at St. Joe's who ordered a copy of Rosa, Sola and would like to receive an autographed bookplate, contact Mrs. Burk, the writing club coordinator.