Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

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One boy's search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle-grade novel, for fans of Ghost and See You in the Cosmos.

Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're only in the eighth grade, you're both a threat and a target.

After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mom decides it's time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don't remember or have never met. But Marcus can't focus knowing that his father--who walked out of their lives ten years ago--is somewhere on the island.

So begins Marcus's incredible journey, a series of misadventures that take him all over Puerto Rico in search of his elusive namesake. Marcus doesn't know if he'll ever find his father, but what he ultimately discovers changes his life. And he even learns a bit of Spanish along the way.
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About the author

Pablo Cartaya's novels explore identity, place, and the spaces in between. His debut novel about a boy standing up for his community, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, received three starred reviews and is a 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book. When Pablo isn't writing, he's spending time with his family or dreaming of his next visit to Puerto Rico. Learn more about Pablo at pablocartaya.com and follow him on Twitter @phcartaya.
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Aug 21, 2018
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781101997277
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Family / General
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Special Needs
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Named an NPR Best Book of 2018
Named to the Bank Street List for Best Children's Books of 2019
Named to the Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher List
Named to the Maine's Student Book Award List
Named to the Rhode Island Middle School Book Award 2020 List​
2020 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Nominee
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