Marcus Vega doesn't speak Spanish by Cartaya, Pablo (#1462TU4)


Marcus Vega doesn't speak Spanish

by Cartaya, Pablo
Paperback Puffin Books, 2019


From the Publisher
One boy's search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle-grade novel, for fans of Ghost and See You in the Cosmos. Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're only in the eighth grade, you're both a threat and a target. After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mom decides it's time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don't remember or have never met. But Marcus can't focus knowing that his father--who walked out of their lives ten years ago--is somewhere on the island. So begins Marcus's incredible journey, a series of misadventures that take him all over Puerto Rico in search of his elusive namesake. Marcus doesn't know if he'll ever find his father, but what he ultimately discovers changes his life. And he even learns a bit of Spanish along the way.
Reviews & Awards
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 07/01/18
  • Horn Book Magazine, 09/01/18
  • Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/18
  • New York Times, 08/26/18
  • School Library Connection starred, 11/01/18
  • School Library Journal starred, 06/01/18
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 08/01/18
Product Details
  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2019
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 249 pages ; 20 cm
  • ISBN-10: 1-10199-728-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-10199-728-4
  • Follett Number: 1462TU4
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 3.9
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.9
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 6
  • AR Quiz: 196042EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 13
  • Lexile: HL580L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: V