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:

Children's Reading Lists

Looking for a good book? See the links below for recommended reading lists for children and teens.

For a list of children's books dealing specifically with grief and loss, scroll down or click here.

Children's Books Dealing with Grief and Loss

Loss of a Sibling:

Baby by Patricia MacLachlan ages 9-12
Beat the Turtle Drum by Constance Greene ages 10+
Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher ages 8-12
Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Coulombis, ages 11+
Green Angel by Alice Hoffman, ages 12+
Julia’s Kitchen by Brenda Ferber, ages 10+
Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata, ages 11+
The Other Shepards by Adele Griffin, ages 10+
Rosa, Sola by Carmela Martino, ages 10+
Many Stones by Carolyn Coman, ages 13+
Mick Harte was Here by Barbara Park ages 8-12
Snowdrops for Cousin Ruth by Susan Katz, ages 8-12
What is Goodbye? by Nikki Grimes, ages 8-12

Loss of a Parent (or parent figure):

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, ages 9-12
Dream Journal by Karen Halvorsen Schreck, ages 12+
Green Angel by Alice Hoffman, ages 12+
Ida B by Katherine Hannigan, ages 9-12
Indigo by Alice Hoffman, ages 10+
Julia’s Kitchen by Brenda Ferber, ages 10+
Looking for Normal by Betty Monthei, ages 10+
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce, ages 9-12
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant, ages 11+
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, ages 9+
Perfect: A Novel by Natasha Friend, ages 11+
Rain is Not my Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith, ages 10+
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume, ages 9+
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, ages 12+
The Turnabout Shop by Colby Rodowsky, ages 8-12
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, ages 9-12
Wander by Susan Hart Lindquist, ages 4-8
What Daddy Did by Neal Shusterman, ages 12+
When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester, ages 12+
The Young Man And The Sea by Rodman Philbrick, ages 10+

Loss of a Grandparent:

Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles, ages 9-12
Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles, ages 9-12
Sun and Spoon by Kevin Henkes, ages 8-12

Loss of a Friend/​Boyfriend/​Girlfriend:

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson, ages 9+
Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher, ages 9-12
Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman, age 11+
God and I Broke Up by Katerina Mazetti, ages 12+
Light Years by Tammar Stein, ages 13+
Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes, ages 9-12
Rain is Not my Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith, ages 10+