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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carmela A. Martino  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


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E-Mail: -- carmela@carmelamartino.com


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''.


Awards

Rosa, Sola


-- Top Ten First Novels for Youth, Booklist, 2006
-- Best Books of the year, Bank Street College of Education

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Playing by heart
ISBN: 0997173297. OCLC Number: 1057304597

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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. Emilia's only hope to avoid the convent is to prove that her musical talents are as indispensable as Maria's skills. First, Emilia must earn the respect of the music tutor who has always disdained her, simply for being a girl. But before Emilia can carry out her plan, Mamma, her greatest supporter, dies in childbirth. In her sorrow, Emilia composes a heartrending sonata that causes the maestro to finally recognize her talent. He begins teaching her music theory alongside handsome violinist Antonio Bellini, the great-nephew of a wealthy marquis. The two begin as rivals, but making music together gradually melds their hearts. When Antonio abruptly quits their lessons, Emilia assumes it's because her family isn't nobility. More determined than ever to help Father acquire a title, she dedicated a set of compositions to Archduchess Maria Teresa. The archduchess is so impressed that she helps Father become a count. Having finally won Father's favor, Emilia expects she'll now be betrothed to Antonio. But the repercussions of her family's new status threaten not only her dreams, but her sister's very life--back cover.

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.