Each Tiny Spark

Each Tiny Spark

From award-winning author Pablo Cartaya comes a deeply moving middle grade novel about a daughter and father finding their way back to each other in the face of their changing family and community.Emilia Torres has a wandering mind. It's hard for her to follow along at school, and sometimes she forgets to do what her mom or abuela asks. But she remembers what matters: a ti...

DownloadRead Online
Title:Each Tiny Spark
Author:Pablo Cartaya
Rating:

Each Tiny Spark Reviews

  • Laura Gardner

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Recommended for anyone who wants to read about a neurodivergent character who uses her strengths to help fight for justice!

    .

    Emilia Torres is Cuban American and has ADHD. Her mind wanders and she relies on her mother to help her navigate homework and relationships. Her mother is away at a conference in California, however, so she is home with her abuela and her father who has just returned from deployment. Her father struggles with anxiety and PTSD from his time in th

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Recommended for anyone who wants to read about a neurodivergent character who uses her strengths to help fight for justice!

    .

    〰️

    〰️

    Emilia Torres is Cuban American and has ADHD. Her mind wanders and she relies on her mother to help her navigate homework and relationships. Her mother is away at a conference in California, however, so she is home with her abuela and her father who has just returned from deployment. Her father struggles with anxiety and PTSD from his time in the military, but he finds his groove and opens up while working on restoring an old car in the garage. Similarly, Emilia finds that her mind settles and focuses when she is either working on the car with her father or researching for her social studies project on her community. .

    〰️

    〰️

    As Emilia researches the immigrant community in her town, she discovers injustice and prejudice in her Atlanta suburb and her interest expands to discover the root of the conflict. Emilia is inspired to act: "I know I have to do something, but I don't know what or if a kid can even make a difference." Other issues addressed include colorism (Emilia is light-skinned and her abuela emphasizes their European roots) and gender roles. .

    〰️

    〰️

    This sounds like a lot, but the story flows effortlessly and all these topics are woven into the book perfectly. .

    〰️

    〰️

    Emilia is a character to root for and I especially love how her ADHD brain is described as both scattered and focused, depending on the topic. Anyone who knows someone with ADHD (as I do!) understands that the ADHD neurodivergent brain has assets like hyperfocus. Spanish is integrated throughout the text, but isn't always fully translated, which requires the reader to use context clues to decipher the meaning sometimes. Emilia Torres is one of my favorite characters of 2019 thus far; I love her activist spirit and I love that neurodiversity is represented and celebrated in this stellar novel. Don't miss this book!

    Grades 3+

    .

    〰️

    〰️

    Book 64 for #30booksummer #librariesofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #mglit #mgbooks #ilovemg #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookreview #lovetoread #amreading #eachtinyspark #pablocartaya

  • Mandy Stallard

    Emilia has a hard time focusing on topics that don't interest her, but when she is interested in something, she becomes laser-focused on it. This neuro-diversity makes school challenging; her mom tries to help her compensate by planning out her school week for her and staying on top of her assignments. How is Emilia supposed to cope when her mom goes out of town for business at the exact same time her father is returning from deployment. To make matters worse, her grandmother is becoming super a

    Emilia has a hard time focusing on topics that don't interest her, but when she is interested in something, she becomes laser-focused on it. This neuro-diversity makes school challenging; her mom tries to help her compensate by planning out her school week for her and staying on top of her assignments. How is Emilia supposed to cope when her mom goes out of town for business at the exact same time her father is returning from deployment. To make matters worse, her grandmother is becoming super annoying; all she wants to talk about is how Emilia is going to be a young lady soon. Gross! Abuela wants to buy Emilia dresses and start prepping for her quinceanera, which is only three years away. Emilia would rather spend her time fixing up old cars with her dad or making horror movies with her best friend Gus.

    When her favorite teacher asks her class to come up with a tourism guide for their hometown, Emilia discovers disturbing information about the treatment of immigrants in her state and community. This information along with a highly contested district rezoning makes her see her community and old friends in a new light. Is Emilia willing to stand by and let things happen to those she loves, or will she take a stand for what is right?

    Pablo Cartaya's latest novel is very timely. His main character learns that immigrants were asked to come to Atlanta to help build the Olympic park and stadium; however, once their work was done, people expected them to leave. With immigration reform at the forefront of the next presidential election, this book may help middle-grade students develop their own opinions about the topic. I think it would be really interesting for teachers to use this book as a catalyst to inspire students to research their own communities and the contributions immigrants have made to them.

  • Heather

    I got an ARC of this book at a conference. I find all of Cartaya's books so poignant and relevant to kids. I love how this one covers important political topics from a middle school point of view. I will be recommending this book in my classroom.

  • Michele

    Thank you @penguinkids for this free review copy of #eachtinyspark by @phcartaya coming out in August! This is going to fill so many readers’ needs! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars for me and only because I know zero Spanish so that was tough for me but it also stretched me and I loved having to do something new as a reader!

    Emilia Rosa is a sixth grader who needs some extra help in school. Her mama just left for a work trip, her papi is coming home from a tour of duty, and her abuela is overbearing. On top of all o

    Thank you @penguinkids for this free review copy of #eachtinyspark by @phcartaya coming out in August! This is going to fill so many readers’ needs! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars for me and only because I know zero Spanish so that was tough for me but it also stretched me and I loved having to do something new as a reader!

    Emilia Rosa is a sixth grader who needs some extra help in school. Her mama just left for a work trip, her papi is coming home from a tour of duty, and her abuela is overbearing. On top of all of this, Emilia has a social studies project to complete that starts to tear her classmates apart as they learn about and argue over a school consolidation plan.

    I, as an adult, would have trouble juggling all of the things Emilia is handling! I love her perseverance and her ability to describe what she is feeling in her brain as she gets overwhelmed. She is a very smart sixth grader and shows her thinking to the reader which will really hold a middle grade reader’s attention and maybe even teach them something about themselves along the way!

    I can’t wait to get this into the hands of kids. Oh and I didn’t mention that her and her dad are working on restoring an old car and she’s learning how to weld!

  • Kate Waggoner

    @Kidlitexchange #partner

    Thank you to the publisher @penguinkids and the author @phcartaya for sharing an advance copy of Each Tiny Spark with the #kidlitexchange network. This book will be released in August 2019.

    Emilia Torres is a 6th grader with ADHD. Her mother has just left for California on a work trip and her father has just returned from active duty. Things in her household are different from the past and Emilia is struggling with her mom being gone, her abuela talking about her becoming

    @Kidlitexchange #partner

    Thank you to the publisher @penguinkids and the author @phcartaya for sharing an advance copy of Each Tiny Spark with the #kidlitexchange network. This book will be released in August 2019.

    Emilia Torres is a 6th grader with ADHD. Her mother has just left for California on a work trip and her father has just returned from active duty. Things in her household are different from the past and Emilia is struggling with her mom being gone, her abuela talking about her becoming a young woman, and her father distancing himself from her. At the same time, changes are also happening in her community as the school board has proposed the district lines be redrawn to help decrease crowding at some schools in the district. This proposal divides the community and the students in Emilia's class.

    There is so much to love about this book. I love that the book covers nuerodiversity, social justice issues, and PTSD. Emilia is such a strong and vibrant character. She is dealing with far more than she should have to her at her age and, with the exception of a few outbursts and freezes, she handles it with poise and grace. I truly love the messages about community and standing up for what you believe in that are within this book. This book was challenging at times as my Spanish is limited and I had to use Google translate a few times to ensure I was accurately comprehending. I think that some of my students may struggle with the Spanish and have a hard time on inferring meaning through context clues, but it's the struggle that will also make them stronger readers. I can't wait to add a copy of this book to my classroom library and I also want to read some of Cartaya's other books.

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    One of the jobs of a good librarian is to advocate for her people. I feel the need to advocate for my people today.

    I'm Hispanic. Not by birth, but by a somewhat precarious adoption into the tribe. I've worked hard to gain this admission by studying Spanish for thirty years and working and living with children, friends, and family who have close ties to Hispanic cultures.

    So please trust me when I say that children are not often able to find their Hispanic cultures represented in books. And that i

    One of the jobs of a good librarian is to advocate for her people. I feel the need to advocate for my people today.

    I'm Hispanic. Not by birth, but by a somewhat precarious adoption into the tribe. I've worked hard to gain this admission by studying Spanish for thirty years and working and living with children, friends, and family who have close ties to Hispanic cultures.

    So please trust me when I say that children are not often able to find their Hispanic cultures represented in books. And that is very sad.

    But today I have good news. I present to you Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya.

    Each Tiny Spark is the delightful story of young Emilia Torres, a girl who has difficulty keeping focused in school, who has a wonderful mom who helps her stay on track, a loving dad who has just returned from a deployment overseas, an assertive grandma who would like to guide her toward a traditional female Hispanic path, and a huge assortment of teachers and friends who tug her and prod her and encourage her and hinder her in the life she is creating for herself.

    It's the conversations I love most in this book, the conversations with a generous mix of English and Spanish, the kind of conversations I hear all the time when I am among my friends and family.

    If you speak Spanish, you are going to love Each Tiny Spark. If you don't, I urge you to give it a try. And to help you, I've created A Little Guide to Spanish, using words from this book. If you are like me, and you'd like to become just a bit more Hispanic or to simply connect with others a little better, you might try inserting these words into your everyday conversations and see what happens.

    Full disclosure: I don't know every word in Spanish, so please bear with me if I've a few boo-boos here.

  • Susan

    Emilia’s dad has been deployed for many months and doesn’t keep in touch, her mom is absorbed in her work, Emelia struggles in school as she deals with her Inattentive Type ADHD and her abuela is obsessed about Emilia becoming a young lady. Emelia’s best friend, Gus, is doing his best to help her feel better about her life by making videos of Emelia telling her dad about her daily life. The only problem is that her dad has never once mentioned or thanked her for the movies.

    Emelia is convinced a

    Emilia’s dad has been deployed for many months and doesn’t keep in touch, her mom is absorbed in her work, Emelia struggles in school as she deals with her Inattentive Type ADHD and her abuela is obsessed about Emilia becoming a young lady. Emelia’s best friend, Gus, is doing his best to help her feel better about her life by making videos of Emelia telling her dad about her daily life. The only problem is that her dad has never once mentioned or thanked her for the movies.

    Emelia is convinced all will be back to normal once her dad gets home, but unfortunately when he returns he spends much of his day locked away in the garage restoring an old car and the rest of it watching TV. Finally she feels a flicker of hope when her dad invites her to work on the old car with him. Emelia finds she loves welding and refurbishing the car, but most of all she loves seeing a bit of the old dad beginning to emerge.

    Meanwhile her neighborhood is being torn apart because students from a nearby overcrowded school are going to be transferred to fill her halfway empty school. Everyone has a different opinion and some cruel words are spoken. Emelia and Gus join together to create a video that shows both sides of the question.

    This story is about Emelia’s bravery, neurodiversity, friendship, immigrant rights, PTSD and love. Not only the love of a family, but also the love between friends and the love you find in a neighborhood.

    There is a lot of Spanish in the story, which for me, one who doesn’t speak Spanish, was difficult. However, I was usually able to use context to decipher the meaning. This fact might make it challenging for some students, but the descriptions of the Spanish culture, the Spanish customs and the history of the Mexican immigrants involvement with the Atlantic Olympics will be fascinating, and will keep them reading. It will be a good addition to middle school libraries.

  • Laura (bbliophile)

    I've enjoyed every Pablo Cartaya book I've read so far, and this one wasn't any different. I might write a longer review of this sometime soon but I would definitely recommend this book. It's a good one.

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    Emilia Torres is worried when her mother has to go out of town on business for a week, especially since her father is just coming home from his latest deployment. Sure, her Abuela is around to make sure she's fed and her curly hair is tamed (even though that's mainly Abuela's choice!), but Emilia worries about getting her homework and school projects done without her mother's reminders. It doesn't help that her father is oddly distant, working on fixing a vintage

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    Emilia Torres is worried when her mother has to go out of town on business for a week, especially since her father is just coming home from his latest deployment. Sure, her Abuela is around to make sure she's fed and her curly hair is tamed (even though that's mainly Abuela's choice!), but Emilia worries about getting her homework and school projects done without her mother's reminders. It doesn't help that her father is oddly distant, working on fixing a vintage Shelby car in the garage and not hanging out with Emilia the way he used to. There is a redistricting concern in her school system, with the district wanting to bring students from Park View into Merryville. Both are suburbs of Atlanta, but Park View is mainly Latinx, and citizens of Merryville (including Emilia's sometimes friend Clarissa) feel that bringing the students is dangerous. When a school project to produce a tourism guide to the town is assigned, Emilia and her friend both find things that excite them. For Emilia, it starts with a local grocery store that carries the supplies for the West African and Hispanic food that her family cooks as part of their heritage, and becomes entwined with issues of immigration. This gets her teacher in trouble, but leads to some interesting social interactions in her town. Emilia is increasingly worried about her father, and is glad when her mother returns, even if she comes with even bigger news that may upend Emilia's world.

    Strengths: There are a lot of really good, current issues at play here. Emilia struggles with ADHD, and it's interesting to see how the adults in her life help her with coping strategies. Emilia is racially mixed, but her looks don't necessarily make her whole background apparent, which is something true of many tweens. Her father's difficult readjustment to civilian life is also well portrayed. Immigration issues are important, as are the large and small aggressions that must be dealt with in nearly every community. The friendship with Gus is good to see, and Emilia's interest in welding will also appeal to readers.

    Weaknesses: Since many young readers have not had experience with issues such as immigration or racial tensions, and may not know anyone who has ADHD or has been in the military, this book may be confusing. I do want to see these issues portrayed in literature, but so many books try to shoe horn in so much that all of the issues end up being treated superficially, and the books lack focus.

    What I really think: I will probably pass on purchase. I was hoping that there would be a lot more about Emilia welding, and that was really quite a small part of this. I love Cartaya's other two books, but think this title may struggle to find readers in my library.

  • Liz Friend

    The story: Emilia Torres has a lot going on in her life. Her mom's interviewing for a new job out of town; her dad just got done with a long deployment, and when he gets home, there's something "not quite right" with him. Emilia has ADHA; her Abuela is trying to run her life; and a school project goes badly wrong, leaving members of her class on opposite side of a local politial issue. Can Emilia figure out how to get through all her challenges and, at the same time, find her own voice enough to

    The story: Emilia Torres has a lot going on in her life. Her mom's interviewing for a new job out of town; her dad just got done with a long deployment, and when he gets home, there's something "not quite right" with him. Emilia has ADHA; her Abuela is trying to run her life; and a school project goes badly wrong, leaving members of her class on opposite side of a local politial issue. Can Emilia figure out how to get through all her challenges and, at the same time, find her own voice enough to stand up against injustice?

    June Cleaver's rating: Language PG; Violence G; Sexual content G; Nudity G; Substance abuse G; Magic & the occult G; GLBT content G; adult themes (Possible PTSD; controlling or absent parents; racism and prejudice, local inequalities) PG; overall rating PG. Best for grades 4-7.

    Liz's comments: I really like Pablo Cartaya's books, and I was excited to read this one. However, I feel he did a somewhat better job with the boys' voices in his earlier books, and his use of context to help non-Spanish speakers figure out what's being said can be confusing for younger readers. Even so--fans of his earlier books will like this one too. Emilia is in 6th grade, so it's best for grades 4-7.

Best Books Online is in no way intended to support illegal activity. Use it at your risk. We uses Search API to find books/manuals but doesn´t host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners. Please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them


©2019 Best Books Online - All rights reserved.