Marcus Vega Doesnt Speak Spanish Audiobook, by Pablo Cartaya Play Audiobook Sample

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish Audiobook

Marcus Vega Doesnt Speak Spanish Audiobook, by Pablo Cartaya Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Pablo Cartaya Publisher: Listening Library Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525625568

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Longest Chapter Length:

08:50 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

09 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

05:51 minutes

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Publisher Description

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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“Author Pablo Cartaya’s warm narration introduces us to fourteen-year-old Marcus…As Marcus travels around the island experiencing the landscape, food, and people, Cartaya seamlessly transitions between English and Spanish and endears all of the characters to listeners. Cartaya uses a slower, more deliberate delivery for Charlie, who has Down syndrome, and this sets his dialogue apart in a way that print readers would not experience. An author’s note acknowledges that the beautiful Puerto Rico depicted is before the devastation of Hurricane Maria.”

— AudioFile 


  • “While Marcus may not speak Spanish, his family in Puerto Rico does, and Cartaya differentiates between their various Puerto Rican burrs and accents—and Marcus’ white mom’s flat mainlander accent—with flair. His portrayal of Charlie, who has Down Syndrome and speaks in a way that is challenging for their Puerto Rican family to understand, is also executed with consistency and care.”

    — Paste Magazine (audio review)
  • “Excellent.”

    — School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “An ideal read for boys or reluctant readers.”

    — School Library Connection (starred review)
  • “A compelling read about the meaning of family, identity, and culture.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Thoughtful and thought provoking.”

    — Booklist


  • A Paste Magazine Pick of the 10 Best Audiobooks of 2018

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About Pablo Cartaya

Pablo Cartaya graduated with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He serves as lead faculty at Sierra Nevada College’s low residency MFA program for Writing for Children and Young Adults. He writes stories that reflect his family, culture, and love of words.