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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Book - 2017
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Arturo's Miami summer is marked by the arrival of poetry enthusiast Carmen, who helps him use the power of protest to fight the plans of a land developer who wants to demolish his Abuela's restaurant.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2017.
ISBN: 9781101997253
Characteristics: 236 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 17, 2020

This book details the struggles that Arturo faces, how his confidence wavers at the sight of his friend Carmen who lives in Madrid, and how a greedy land developer can ruin the restaurant his family runs, La Concina de la Isla. I loved the suspense at the end of each chapter, and how Arturo fights against the land developer, Wilfrido Pipo, owner of many other high-rise buildings. Find out in this book!

vm510 Sep 10, 2018

Such a sweet and inspiring book about family and standing up for your community. Arturo is relatable, funny, courageous, and caring. He and his family fight against a developer (a great villain character named Wilfrido Pipo of course) coming into their neighborhood with intentions to change, gentrify, and push out current residents.

Jul 01, 2017

This wonderful coming-of-age story chronicles young Arturo Zamora's struggles with love, loss, and finding meaning in the unthinkable. When his family's longstanding, community-cornerstone restaurant is threatened by a developer, and when his friend from youth has blossomed into a beautiful young lady, Arturito must find his inner resolve to face his feelings and take action. As first-generation Cuban-American, this story resonated on many levels, and its authenticity was a breath of fresh ocean air. This middle grades novel will delight readers of all ages.

ArapahoeMary Jun 30, 2017

Can Arturo survive summer working as a dishwasher under the dreadful Martín, get the girl, AND save his family's restaurant from a ruthless (but flashy) developer? In this heartfelt story, the author weaves poetry by Cuban poet José Martí into the lives of Arturo, his Abuela, his friends, and the whole Zamora family as they figure out how to fight not only for their livelihood but also their community.


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Jul 17, 2020

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