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Author Pablo Cartaya shares family-centered presentation at Melissa Middle School

Pablo Cartaya speaks to students at Melissa Middle School


Mar 2020
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Pablo Cartaya, award-winning author of middle grade books, visited Melissa Middle School on Tuesday, March 3 to speak to students about how his family and life experiences have influenced his storytelling.

Cartaya is the author of three published books geared toward middle school-aged audiences, including Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, and Each Tiny Spark.

After delivering a monologue-styled recitation of the first two pages of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, Cartaya centered his presentation on the three underlying themes of his books: family, culture, and community. He also shared examples of foreshadowing in his stories and from his own life, and spoke about his Cuban-American identity.

Students attend presentation by Pablo Cartaya

Sixth grade students at Melissa Middle School attend a presentation by Pablo Cartaya on March 3.

“I am literally a walking history book of my family, my culture, and my community,” said Cartaya in closing. “Think about your family, your community, and your culture. I want you to, one time, put your hand over your heart, and I want you – really loudly – to say, ‘My voice, my story.’”

This author’s visit was made possible by a grant awarded to the Melissa Middle School library from the Melissa Education Foundation.

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