Rosa, Sola (Paperback)

By Carmela A. Martino

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781535185325, 176pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2016

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NOTE: this revised edition includes a new "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.

About the Author

CARMELA MARTINO is an author, speaker, and writing teacher. She wrote her middle-grade novel ROSA, SOLA (Candlewick Press) while working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her second novel, the young-adult historical romance PLAYING BY HEART (Vinspire Publishing) took first place in the Young Adult category of the 2013 Windy City RWA Four Seasons Romance Writing Contest. Carmela's credits for teens and tweens also include short stories and poems in anthologies and magazines. Her articles and essays for adults have appeared in the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, WRITER'S DIGEST, and multiple editions of the CHILDREN'S WRITER'S AND ILLUSTRATIOR'S MARKET (Writer's Digest Books). She teaches writing workshops for both children and adults at various locations, including the College of DuPage, where she's been an adjunct instructor since 1998. She founded, a blog by six children's authors who are also writing teachers, where she posts regularly. For more information, visit, where you can also join her Creativity Newsletter mailing list.