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

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).

School Visits Photos

June 12, 2010

Tags: School visits

I finally got around to posting the photos from my visit to the Joliet School District for their 2010 Reading Week. You can see the photos on my News page.

More School Visits

May 14, 2010

Tags: School visits

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting two Joliet, IL schools: Forest Park Individualized Education School and Parks Cultural Academy. I hope to post some photos on my News page soon. If you have any questions or comments about my presentations, feel free to post them below. They won't show up here until I have read them, but I'll reply as soon as I am able.

School Visit Today

May 5, 2010

Tags: School visits

Today I visited Union Ridge Elementary School in Harwood Heights, IL. If you attended one of my presentations, I'd love to have your comments here. I shared a bit about the visit at the Teaching Authors blog. You can read the entry here. I'll try to post some pictures as soon as I can.

What a busy week!

May 12, 2009

Tags: School visits, New Writing Class

I have a busy week! This Wednesday and Thursday, I have the honor of being a visiting author in the Joliet, Illinois School District, as part of their "Reading Week" Celebration. I'll be speaking to groups of students in grades K-2 and 3-5 at four different schools. Should be fun!

Then on Saturday, May 16, I'll be teaching "Turning Life into Fiction," a new all-day workshop for adults at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL. If you'd like to attend, there are still a few seats left. For registration information, see the Programs page of this website.

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.

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.