Facing a world dually altered by climate change and those who profit from it, Yolanda Cicerón will have to fight to save the last known beehive from extinction in this stirring new adventure by award-winning author Pablo Cartaya.
In a future shaken by climate disasters, Yolanda Cicerón knows that nature is something to be feared. While life in the Valley is brutal and harsh, Yoly dreams of leaving her farm to live in Silo—the most advanced town for miles around. But first, Yoly will need to prove she belongs in a place where only the smartest and most useful are welcomed.
Between her razor-sharp smarts and sheer determination, Yoly is well on her way until she discovers her family can no longer afford her schooling. When forced to take matters into her own hands, the closer she gets to securing her future, the more she uncovers the dangers lying inside Silo’s walls—ones that threaten the entire Valley.
As she cracks long-guarded secrets, Yoly, along with those closest to her, is put in grave peril and the only chance of surviving may lie in the rediscovery of a long-extinct species—the honeybee. Can the last surviving beehive be the key to pulling the Valley out from under Silo’s thumb, or will they destroy what remains of Yoly’s future?
In a collection of personal stories and essays, award-winning and bestselling artists from Matt de la Peña and Veera Hiranandani to Max Brallier and R.L. Stine write about how hope always wins, even in the darkest of times.
Where does hope live?
In your family?
In your community?
In your school?
In your heart?
From a family restaurant to a hot-dog shaped car, from an empty road on a moonlight night to a classroom holiday celebration, this anthology of personal stories from award-winning and bestselling authors, shows that hope can live everywhere, even-or especially-during the darkest of times.
No matter what happens: Hope wins.
Contributors include: Tom Angleberger, James Bird, Max Brallier, Julie Buxbaum, Pablo Cartaya, J.C. Cervantes, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Stuart Gibbs, Adam Gidwitz, Karina Yan Glaser, Veera Hiranandani, Hena Khan, Gordon Korman, Janae Marks, Sarah Mlynowski, Rex Ogle, James Ponti, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Ronald L.Smith, Christina Soontornvat, and R.L. Stine.
Audiobook Table of Contents:
Editor's Note, by Rose Brock, read by the author
Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in a Thai Restaurant, by Christina Soontornvat, read by Sura Siu
The Coolness Equation by Adam Gidwitz, read by the author
This Can't Be Happening to Gordon Korman by Gordan Korman, read by Robbie Daymond
I Am the Greatest, by James Bird, read by Darrell Dennis
Bones, by J.C. Cervantes, read by Jorjeana Marie
The Day the Hot Dog Truck Came to Town, by Max Brallier, read by Robbie Daymond
Sweet Surprise, by Hena Khan, read by Zehra Fazal
Letter to My Daughter on her Eighth-Grade Graduation, by Pablo Cartaya, read by the author
Hope in the Halls of Catholic School, by Karina Yan Glaser, read by Sura Siu
Helpful Tips for the Worst Week of Your Life, by Stuart Gibbs, read by Gibson Frazier
The Adventures of Me and Supersquirt, by Sarah Mlynowski, read by Rebecca Soler
Panic! At the Movies, by Julie Buxbaum, read by Jorjeana Marie
What's in a Name, by James Ponti, read by Jonathan Todd Ross
Colors of June, by Rex Ogle, read by Ramon De Ocampo
On Hopes and Dreams, by Janae Marks, read by Shayna Small
Major Malfunction, by Tom Angleberger, read by Jonathan Todd Ross
Hope I Don't See a Ghost, by R.L. Stine, read by Gibson Frazier
Victory After Defeat, by Soman Chainani, read by Darrell Dennis
My Favorite Photograph, by Veera Hiranandani, read by Zehra Fazal
The Boy in the Back of the Class, by Ronald L. Smith, read by Ronald Butler
The Friend Who Changed My Life, by Pam Munoz Ryan, read by Rebecca Soler
There's More to Playin' Ball Than Just Playin' Ball, by Matt de la Pena, read by Ramon De Ocampo
Salvar el restaurante. Salvar la ciudad. Conseguir a la chica. Hacer sentir orgullosa a su abuela. ¿Puede Arturo Zamora, de trece años, hacerlo todo o está por enfrentarse a un ÉPICO FRACASO?
Para Arturo, el verano en Miami significa jugar a baloncesto hasta el anochecer, beber batidos de mango y mantenerse fresco bajo la sombra de los árboles. Y tal vez también hacer algún turno como lavaplatos en el restaurante de su abuela. Tal vez. Pero este verano también incluye a Carmen, una chica que ama la poesía y que se muda a los apartamentos de Arturo y que convierte su estómago en una freidora. Hasta el punto de que casi no se da cuenta del promotor inmobiliario que llega a la ciudad y amenaza con cambiarla. Arturo se niega a dejar que su familia y su comunidad caigan sin luchar, y mientras trama un plan de acción con Carmen, Arturo descubre el poder de la poesía y la protesta a través de historias familiares y de los textos de José Martí.
Divertido y conmovedor, El épico fracaso de Arturo Zamora es la vibrante historia de una familia y el sorprendente retrato de una ciudad; y de la determinación de un niño por salvar a ambas.
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.
“Sensational.” —Matt de la Peña, New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal–winning author of The Last Stop on Market Street
Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL?
For Arturo, summetime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.
Funny and poignant, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy's quest to save both, perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia.