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Author: Pablo Cartaya Narrator: Pablo Cartaya Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781524775186
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Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all, or is he in for a big, epic fail?

For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, keeping cool under banyan trees, and maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.

Funny and poignant, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy’s quest to save both, perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pablo Cartaya brings humor, poignancy, and a fresh voice to his reading of his audiobook. His prose is rich with imagery and honesty, and his cast of characters is bursting with warmth, personality, and passion…Through lively prose and a lyrical narration, Cartaya weaves a story of courage, food, family, and community…The sense of culture and place is rich, and the dialogue is refreshingly realistic. An ideal summer listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Irresistibly exquisite.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “At turns funny, beautiful, and heartbreaking.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A vibrant debut novel about family, friendship, and community.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Middle-Gradel Fiction Narration

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About the Author

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.