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Both heart-rending and full of hope, this rich, sympathetic portrayal of an only child coping with loss takes readers back to an earlier generation.Living with her Italian immigrant parents in 1960s Chicago, nine-year-old Rosa, an only child, often feels SOLA and different. But as soon as she holds her friend AnnaMaria's baby brother for the first time, Rosa is sure that iBoth heart-rending and full of hope, this rich, sympathetic portrayal of an only child coping with loss takes readers back to an earlier generation.Living with her Italian immigrant parents in 1960s Chicago, nine-year-old Rosa, an only child, often feels SOLA and different. But as soon as she holds her friend AnnaMaria's baby brother for the first time, Rosa is sure that if she prays hard enough, God will give her a sibling too. Amazingly, Ma does get pregnant, and Rosa is overjoyed — until the awful day comes when she learns that her brother was stillborn, and Ma, who is weak and grieving, must stay in the hospital for a while. With her papa bitter and rarely home, and her bossy aunt Ida in charge, Rosa has an "empty cave" feeling and now is more SOLA than ever. Why would God answer her prayers, only to take her baby brother away? Will her broken family ever be happy again?From first-time novelist Carmela A. Martino comes a note-perfect portrait of a sensitive young grl surrounded by an extended family of loyal relatives, neighbors, and friends. Challenged by loss and ulitmately bolstered by hope, Rosa will win readers' hearts as she makes the discovery that she's not alone — and that love and kinship are sometimes found in the most unexpected places....

Title : Rosa, Sola
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ISBN : 9780763623951
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Rosa, Sola Reviews

  • Katy
    2019-03-17 19:13

    This is a lovely story of a young girl from an Italian immigrant family in the 1960's. I love how Rosa grows during the story, and my heart aches for her and her family. I really liked how the author included so many Italian words to immerse the reader in the culture. The best thing about the story is how true it is to family and how that glue holds everyone together through tragedy. Highly recommended!

  • A.J. Cattapan
    2019-02-25 18:53

    School Library Journal called this a "gentle and moving story," and I have to agree. Rosa is a good Catholic girl who desperately prays the rosary every night for God to send her a little brother. I don't want to give the story away, but as the Amazon summary states, tragedy strikes the family. You can't help but feel for Rosa and her family. Carmela Martino's descriptions of love and loss are dead-on. Make sure you've got a hankie nearby when you reach the mid-point of this book. Still, the story is told with such compassion and care for the characters that you can't help but love them. This would be a wonderful book to share with a child who might be coping with loss.Brava to Carmela Martino on a beautiful tale!

  • Michele
    2019-03-04 16:03

    wonderful story from the pov of a 9 year old about how we deal with the challenges in life. My favorite quote: "I believe with all my heart that God hears our prayers. And that when bad things happen, God finds a way to turn them to good."

  • Mary
    2019-02-26 14:06

    Love this story, characters and message

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-28 16:08

    Rosa, Sola is good middle-grade drama. I connected and empathized with Rosa as she and her family suffered. Extended family members brought relief and interesting additions to the story that helped Rosa cope and grow. The ending was handled well to be uplifting. I'm so glad Ms. Martino wrote a novel like this one! Kids need this type of story when coping with an emotional loss or illness in the family.

  • Barb
    2019-02-23 21:56

    Rosa wants nothing more than a baby brother of her own. But this is more than simple envy over her best friend's new baby brother. Rosa is an only child, and in 1960s Chicago, that's a rarity--and she feels like an outsider among all her friends with their large families. Rosa's wish comes true, but she blames herself for the tragic events that follow. Recommended for readers 10 and up. As this is a sensitive topic, parents will appreciate the classroom discussion guide at the end of the book (it's great for family discussion as well!)

  • Gayl Smith
    2019-03-24 20:11

    This book is so appropriate for today's elementary school student who is being encouraged to embrace their heritage. Rosa is exploring what it is to be Italian American while wanting what's best for her family. But when tragedy strikes, she is filled with guilt that her prayers were selfish. Meanwhile, her ambition to do well in a spelling bee resonate with anyone who's ever wanted to stand out and be recognized. Wonderfully written

  • Laura
    2019-02-23 20:58

    I felt really close to the main character. Although there were sad parts, it was ultimately a happy book with a great message.

  • Marlyn
    2019-03-18 14:54

    Lovely book about a child dealing with loss. Presented how people deal with grief differently in a realistic manner. The author also shows the thoughts of an only child realistically.

  • Judy Ekblad
    2019-02-26 15:13

    I have known Carmela for years. Wish I hadn't waited so long to read this. Really enjoyed it. Well done Carmela!

  • Sarah
    2019-03-23 16:03

    As an 18-year-old, I had no trouble relating to 9-year-old Rosa. And I am not ashamed of that. Rosa is strong and tough who never gives up. In the (view spoiler)[ death of Joseph(hide spoiler)] I felt Rosa's grief and emotion. I did. I really did. Uncle Sal was my favorite. I want someone in my life like him. I loved his handkerchief anecdote despite the fact that handkerchiefs aren't sanitary. That's a lot from me. ;) He was so cheerful and sweet throughout the book; it was impossible not to adore him. Aunt Ida was an insufferable villain throughout until the heart-to-heart talk with Rosa. Then she was a mega-hero. Just sayin'. The (view spoiler)[ death of Joseph(hide spoiler)] will connect with readers who have lost (view spoiler)[ a sibling. I have, and I was Rosa. I was. I felt, and still feel, her emotions. What did my siblings look like? Boy or girl? Their names? It's awful. I admit it, I HAVE wished to dig up their graves in order to see them before. So the fact that Rosa expressed the desire relieved me. I'm not losing it. Phew!!(hide spoiler)]. The paragraph mentioned above is also the main conflict of the book. More to come.

  • Leslea Wahl
    2019-03-06 19:08

    Rosa Sola is a beautiful story about an Italian immigrant family in the 1960’s. Rosa is in the fourth grade and wants nothing more than a baby brother. She decides to pray for a brother until God blesses her family. Amazingly, her prayers are answered! All seems perfect when she finds out her mother is expecting a baby, she will no longer be the odd girl at school with no siblings. But when tragedy strikes her family, she has many hard lessons to learn. This novel, for older elementary and middle school students, is a lovely story from a young girl’s perspective about the difficulties of life, understanding other people’s problems, and the importance of faith. My heart ached for this young girl who was forced to grow up quickly and face many tough lessons by herself when her parents were unable to be there for her. But during this difficult time, young Rosa learned much about her family, her faith, as well as her own strength and determination.

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-10 21:04

    Tender, beautifully-written story of love, longing, and loss. Carmela Martino expertly captures the the dreams and hopes of childhood along with the joys and grief that are an inevitable part of family life. I especially enjoyed the coziness of this Italian-American family and its setting - both in time and place.Highly recommended for children and young teens but also enjoyable for adults. My fourth grader will be reading this next. I'll give her a tissue warning, but a few shed tears are well worth the honest portrayal of faith and family life that Rosa, Sola exhibits.

  • Marilynn Farmer
    2019-03-16 16:54

    Rosa Sola is a beautifully written middle grade or YA story about an Italian-American girl who must face a major family crisis while growing up in Chicago of the 1960s. The emotional storyline deals with many issues including grief, and author handles them with great skill and reverence, while adhering to Christian (more specifically, Catholic) values. Highly recommend for middle grade, though would still be a good read for young adults.

  • Damon
    2019-03-08 15:46

    Loved this clear insight into the thoughts of a young girl who navigates the sorrow, worry, and fear of a family tragedy. Martino has given us an inside view of the emotinal journey of a child suffering with a sudden and unexpected grief, and how the varied responses of close family members around her can pose unintended difficulty for the smallest victims of loss.

  • Pat Salvatini
    2019-02-25 21:54

    Rosa is captivated by her friend AnnaMaria’s new baby brother. She decides she no longer wants to an only child and Rosa prays everyday for a baby brother or sister. Rosa is excited and delighted when her ma becomes pregnant. Unfortuantely, all does not go well and Rosa’s new baby brother is stillborn. Martino offers intermediate readers an insider’s view of Italian immigrant live in the 1960s. She gives readers a wonderfully developed character while skillfully putting on paper Rosa’s unfamiliar feelings of grief and her frustrations in dealing with the adults around her. Although the story is painfully slow at times, the tempo picks up after the birth and death of baby Joseph. The inclusion of Italian words defined in context and with the help of a glossary add a realistic layer to the book.

  • Chiara
    2019-02-28 14:49

    What a great coming of age story. I truly enjoyed following along in Rosa's life. A story that takes place in Chicago during the 1960s. An only child, Rosa always wanted a little brother. When her mother becomes pregnant it is all Rosa can do but dream of her new life with her sibling. This would be chance to fit in with the neighborhood and school kids because everyone had been big families during that time. When tragedy strikes the family, every hope, every dream, every chance for this joy leaves Rosa in utter desperation. It's a long road for the family to recovery. But slowly, things improve. It's a realization that not everything is lost, even if you can't have it all. Ms. Martino does a great job capturing the tone and language of a young child. Well done!

  • Rachel
    2019-02-23 22:06

    1960's and a girl is anxiously awaiting a little sister but her mother miscarries. The family uses different ways to deal with their grief. A good sense of a different time period and culture.

  • Cecilia
    2019-03-11 21:07

    This book is all right. I was expecting a little more out of it, but it was pretty good anyway.

  • Meaghan
    2019-02-23 17:48

    This book tends to lean more on the sad side... but it's a great book if you're the kind of person who finds that kind of thing entriging.