ROSA, SOLA by Carmela A. Martino


Age Range: 9 - 12
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Nine-year-old Rosa is an only child. She’s envious of friends who have brothers and sisters and she feels different and lonely. She decides to say a rosary each day to pray for a baby brother. When her mother becomes pregnant, she’s overjoyed. But all that joy turns to sorrow when the baby is stillborn and she nearly loses her mother as well. Her father is lost in his own grief and her mother’s deep depression threatens her recovery. Rosa has an “empty cave” feeling of deep loneliness coupled with the fear that she is somehow responsible for setting this tragedy in motion. Martino has set this tale in an Italian immigrant community in 1960s Chicago. Rosa is not truly “sola,” because she's surrounded by neighbors, friends and an extended family who provide practical care along with loving support. A warm, tender tale that touches the heart. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2395-4
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005