Rosa, Sola (Paperback)
Arquilla Press, 9780692147511, 176pp.
Publication Date: July 20, 2018
NOTE: this edition includes a "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use.
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 Rosa's prayers for a sibling are answered, she is overjoyed--until tragedy strikes. Rosa is left feeling more sola than ever, and wondering if her broken family will ever be whole again.
A Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth and winner of a 2017 Catholic Press Association Book Award.
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Praise For Rosa, Sola…
"The story unfolds layer by layer, revealing each character’s personality, secrets, and flaws. . . . The healing is drawn honestly and the ending is ultimately hopeful." —School Library Journal
"A warm, tender tale that touches the heart." —Kirkus Reviews
"A lucid and quiet telling that respects its characters’ historical perspectives." —Chicago Tribune
". . . the novel is a more than helpful answer to the age-old question of why God sometimes answers prayers in unusual ways."—Catholic Explorer