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Rosa, Sola

by Carmela A. Martino

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You'll learn Italian, it's about a girl who prays for a miracle, but gets a tragedy instead. The title at first made me think it was spanish, but after reading the summary of what this books was about, and it soudned interesting. AHS/CD
  edspicer | Nov 19, 2009 |
Carmela A. Martino's Rosa, Sola is a quiet examination of a 10-year-old Italian American girl's hope for and eventual loss of a younger sibling through a stillbirth. She has to deal with an urge to feel the baby's death was somehow her fault for wanting it too much, and at the same time watch those around her deal with the loss within their own abilities, much to her dissatisfaction. The book, clearly written for young children at the upper elementary-level, is nevertheless haunting in its descriptions of a mother's physical and mental deterioration after a difficult miscarriage. The reader is gently pulled away from this dire situation equally effecting the young Rosa through the story's rendering of a relationship she shares with a favorite uncle. He informs her while in a cemetary of his own earlier loss of a first wife, and this part of the narrative neatly tidies up and arranges for Rosa's newfound understanding of a martinet of an aunt intent on keeping her from her mother's grief. Suspect in the storytelling was its little use of mid-1960s Chicago as the story's backdrop, set at a time when the city was vibrantly in the forefront of changing American culture. Except for the naming of a popular beach along the city's lakefront early on in the exposition, no pertinent landmark is ever again mentioned, lending to the notion that the story could have taken place in any large U.S. city. This book can best be utilized in a middle school library as a type of muticultural guide to Italian culture in the United States as attested by its glossary of Italian words used throughout the story. ( )
  mattlhm | Mar 9, 2008 |
Longing for a sibling in 1966 Chicago, fourth-grader Rosa is delighted with her mother's pregnancy, until tragedy strikes and her family struggles to deal with its grief. Thinking that their sadness is somehow her fault, Rosa wonders if her family will ever be the same again.
  prkcs | Feb 2, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763623954, Hardcover)

Both heart-rending and full of hope, this rich, sympathetic portrayal of an only child coping with loss takes readers back to an earlier generation.

Living with her Italian immigrant parents in 1960s Chicago, nine-year-old Rosa, an only child, often feels SOLA and different. But as soon as she holds her friend AnnaMaria's baby brother for the first time, Rosa is sure that if she prays hard enough, God will give her a sibling too. Amazingly, Ma does get pregnant, and Rosa is overjoyed — until the awful day comes when she learns that her brother was stillborn, and Ma, who is weak and grieving, must stay in the hospital for a while. With her papa bitter and rarely home, and her bossy aunt Ida in charge, Rosa has an "empty cave" feeling and now is more SOLA than ever. Why would God answer her prayers, only to take her baby brother away? Will her broken family ever be happy again?

From first-time novelist Carmela A. Martino comes a note-perfect portrait of a sensitive young grl surrounded by an extended family of loyal relatives, neighbors, and friends. Challenged by loss and ulitmately bolstered by hope, Rosa will win readers' hearts as she makes the discovery that she's not alone — and that love and kinship are sometimes found in the most unexpected places.

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Longing for a sibling in 1966 Chicago, fourth-grader Rosa is delighted with her mother's pregnancy, until tragedy strikes and her family struggles to deal with its grief.

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