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(Each Tiny Spark is) A nuanced novel about a neurodiverse preteen’s political and social awakening by a Pura Belpré Honor–winning author.
— Kirkus (starred) Review
 

Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author, speaker, actor, and educator.

He is the author of the acclaimed middle grade novel The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora and Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish. His next two novels will debut on the new Kokila Penguin/Random House Imprint, which focuses on publishing diverse books for children and young adults.

Pablo has acted on stage and television (notably co-starring on NBC’s "Will & Grace") and frequently gives talks around the country on writing, reading, and multilingualism. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently serves as faculty at Sierra Nevada College's MFA in Writing. 

Awards and Honors include: American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Honor, Audie Award Finalist for Middle Grade Audiobook of the Year (for narration and title), Cybils Award Finalist, Texas Lone Star Reading List, Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start, and the 2018 Thurber House Writer-in-Residence. 

 
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Books


Books


 
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Each Tiny Spark

The newest book by Pablo Cartaya - in stores August 2019! Penguin Random House, 2019

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Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

Viking Children’s Books, 2018

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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book. Penguin Random House, 2018

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Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes

Random House Children’s Books, 2010

 
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Recognition


Recognition


Each Tiny Spark

A nuanced novel about a neurodiverse preteen’s political and social awakening by a Pura Belpré Honor–winning author.
— Kirkus Review

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

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[Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish] shines as an exceptional story about loss and love, about redemption and forgiveness, and about learning to value one’s imperfect family.
— Rigoberto González, NBC News

Children's Books Review, August 24, 2018

Children's Books Review, August 24, 2018

Cartaya’s is a leisurely novel; the pace will not be rushed. In the era of superhero films, this is wonderful — and entirely appropriate for what is, in the end, a love song to the people of Puerto Rico.
— Gary Schmidt, NY Times

Autor desea motivar a los niños a conocer mas sobre Puerto Rico. En su nuevo libro, Pablo Cartaya recorre la Isla del Encanto.
— Luz Lazo, Septiembre 2018

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Irresistibly exquisite.
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Pablo Cartaya’s sensational debut is a love letter to boyhood, poetry, and family. Quite simply, this is the book I’ve been waiting for.
— Matt de la Peña, New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal–winning author of The Last Stop on Market Street
  • A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

  • An E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Award finalist

  • A 2018 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

  • Amazon Best Children’s Books of 2017

  • Publishers Weekly Flying Start

  • Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2017

  • Chicago Public Library Best Book on 2017

  • NYPL Best Books for Kids 2017

  • 2017 Nerdy Book Award Winner

  • 2018 Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection

  • 2018-2019 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee

  • 2018-2019 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Nominee

  • Charlotte Observer Best Books of 2017 for Young Readers

  • News & Observer Best Books for Young Readers

Photos of Pablo Cartaya by Leah Wharton.