Carmela A. Martino

Author. Speaker. Teacher.


A Few of Carmela's Published Works

Rosa, Sola

Hardcover edition published by Candlewick Press, September 2005. ISBN 0763623954.


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 BN.com!

Rosa Bernardi, an only child living with her Italian immigrant parents in 1960s Chicago, often feels alone, or sola, as her parents would say. But after she holds her best friend AnnaMaria’s baby brother for the first time, Rosa is sure that if she prays hard enough, God will send her a brother of her own.

When Ma does get pregnant, Rosa is overjoyed—until the horrible day when she comes home from school to find Aunt Ida, her bossy godmother, waiting with bad news. Rosa is devastated, and Aunt Ida is no comfort. With Ma in the hospital and Papa spending most of his time there too, Rosa feels lonelier than ever. She begins to wonder, will her broken family ever be whole again? Or will she be left truly sola?

To read reviews of the novel, click here.

To read an excerpt, click here.

For a list of discussion questions, click here.


Click on the Italian flag for links to information about Italian-American culture.

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Two Articles in the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market


Carmela has two articles in the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books): "Making a Living as a Writer" and "Barney Saltzberg" interview.

"Making a Living as a Writer" is a roundup interview containing advice and insights from four successful freelancers who have found creative ways to supplement their book sales income: Vijaya Bodach, Lisa Bullard, JoAnn Early Macken, and Laura Purdie Salas.

Her interview with Barney Saltzberg highlights the decades-long career of the bestselling picture book author and illustrator. For more information about Barney, visit his website here.



To read more about the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market , or to purchase a copy, click here.


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"Big Z, Cammi, and Me"
This is a short story about Josh, a sixth-grader and avid baseball fan. Josh enjoys teaching tricks to his cat, Big Z, who is named after Josh's favorite Chicago Cubs pitcher. When Josh's Official Chicago Cubs alarm clock starts going off at odd times, he thinks his younger sister Cammi is playing a few tricks of her own. But before Josh can accomplish his revenge, he is hit with a big surprise.

In I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Swicheroos, a middle-grade anthology edited by Johanna Hurwitz. Candlewick Press, 2010.

To read more about this story and the anthology as a whole, click here.


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"At the Chicago Marathon"
Carmela's poem, "At the Chicago Marathom" is included In And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer (Friesen Press, 2012). This anthology celebrates a wide spectrum of sports, from rock climbing to lacrosse, tennis to ping-pong, and swimming to soccer. Fifty poets, representing 10 countries, share a mix of thoughtful and humorous perspectives on all aspects of athletics. This potpourri of poetry styles pays tribute to an athlete’s determination, agony, and exhilaration, and celebrates the spirit of spunk and fair play. Award-winning Canadian author-illustrator Kevin Sylvester lends energy to the poems with exuberant pen-and-ink drawings. Here’s a book that’s sure to be a slam dunk for readers ages 8 - 12.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of And the Crowd Goes Wild! will be donated to Right to Play, an international organization that uses sports and games to educate and empower children facing adversity.

To learn more about And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems see the book's official website .




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"Questions: A Poem in Two Voices"
Carmela's first published work was a poem which came out when she was in high school, so she's honored to have a for teens in Chicken Soup for the Soup: Teens Talk High School, 101 Stories of Life, Love, and Learning for Older Teens edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, & Madeline Clapps.






Children's Reading Lists
For lists of recommended reading for children and teens, including books and websites dealing specifically with grief and loss, click here.


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The 2016 edition 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 BN.com!