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Carmela A. Martino

Born: in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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"
  • -- Catholic ARTS AND LETTERS AWARD, 2018
  • -- 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Playing by heart /
ISBN: 1546799451 OCLC: 1009149125

"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: 57316753

Candlewick Press, Cambridge, Mass. : ©2005.

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.