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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carmela A. Martino  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Martino was born in Chicago and currently lives in Naperville, in DuPage County Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carmela Martino teaches writing workshops at the College of DuPage and the Hinsdale Center for the Arts and is available for speaking engagements. Her work has also been published in anthologies, including: ''I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Swicheroos'', ''And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems'', and ''Chicken Soup for the Soup: Teens Talk High School, 101 Stories of Life, Love, and Learning for Older Teens''.


'Rosa, Sola '

Top Ten First Novels for Youth, Booklist, 2006

Best Books of the year, Bank Street College of Education

Playing by Heart


Independent Author Network Book of the Year Award for Outstanding Young Adult Fiction, 2018

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal winner in the Young Adult Historical Category, 2018

Semi-finalist, Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, 2018

Finalist, Young Adult Category, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards, 2018

Third Place, Books for Teens & Young Adults Category, Catholic Press Association Book Awards, 2018

Second Place, Young Adult Romance category, Write Touch Readers' Awards, 2018

Silver Medalist, Books for Teenagers category, Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2017 (voted on by teen readers in England)

INSPYs longlist nominee in Literature for Young Adults category, 2018

Totally Feminine Genius Generations Book Club recommended title for mother/daughter book clubs for girls ages 11 and up

Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Playing by heart /
ISBN: 1546799451. OCLC Number: 1009149125

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"Emilia Salvini dreams of marrying a man who loves music as much as she does. But in 18th-century Milan, her position as "second sister" means she'll likely be sent off to a convent instead. Ironically, Emilia's pious older sister, Maria, would gladly become a nun. But Father won't allow it--her brilliant language skills are too important to his quest for noble status" -- Google Books.

Rosa, sola /
ISBN: 0763623954. OCLC Number: 57316753

Candlewick Press,. .

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.