Book Giveaway!! Marcelo in the Read World

A pumpkin carving of the cover of Marcelo in the Real World!! From

How creative are they at! The book cover carved into a pumpkin!

We’re giving away a copy of Marcelo in the Real World written by Francisco X. Stork–our featured novel for November’s book group meeting!! Check out the following review from Horn Book:

“Seventeen-year-old Marcelo Sandoval marches to the beat of a different drummer – literally. He perceives internal music in his head; he is obsessed with religion; he has difficulty interacting with others – behaviors that place him at the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. He is happy at Paterson, the special-education school he’s attended since first grade, and life is comfortable. Then his father proposes an unwelcome deal: if Marcelo proves successful in “the real world” by working in the mailroom at his law firm over the summer he will be allowed to choose between returning to his beloved Paterson or attending – as his father prefers – a regular high school. But as Marcelo begins his summer job, he finds his moral compass tested just as much as his coping and social skills. His loyalty is divided on multiple levels: between his father and the law firm, between a plaintiff and the law firm, between the privileged son of his father’s law partner who befriends him with dubious motives and the beautiful co-worker who gradually comes to care deeply for him. While the voice is reminiscent of the narrator of Haddon’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – both have an appealing blend of naivete and wisdom – Marcelo has the superior character development. His inspiring, brave journey into the real world will likely engender a fierce protective instinct in readers, ratcheting up the tension as the plot winds to its sweet, satisfying denouement. It is the rare novel that reaffirms a belief in goodness;rarer still is one that does so this emphatically.” j.h. Starred – Horn Book March/April, 2009

I’ve read lots of great reviews of this one.  I’m excited that it made it on our book group’s marcelo-real-worldlist! To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by October 27th.  Everyone who comments between September 30th and October 27th will be entered in the drawing.  If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

Don’t forget, we also raffle off a copy of the following month’s featured novel at each book group meeting.  So if you’re an Albuquerque local, join us for a chance to win!

Good luck!

8 thoughts on “Book Giveaway!! Marcelo in the Read World

  1. Hekko, my name is Corina Fraire-Duran and I have not read Marcelo in the Real World, but I am reading Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall as a read aloud to fifth graders and they are loving it. They are learning map skills on international boundaries and also about the fabulous game La Loteria. Try it out with your class!

    • Hi Corina! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! So glad that your students are enjoying Summer of the Mariposas! I really liked it too–and thought that there were all kinds of fun things to do with it in the classroom. Sounds like you’ve come up with some great activities to do with it! We’ve got you entered in our drawing for Marcelo in the Real World too!

  2. Katrina – Thanks for liking my recent post Saturation: Respect all people. You are doing good work here on this blog and as well as the Albuqurque(sp) area and in the educational feild at large. My wife Francis and I visited New Mexico 2 years ago this month and we loved it and plan to visit again. I have a personal passion for latin america volunteering for 6 months in Mexico in the early 1990’s with a cooperative movement, and in promoting solar cooking as a supplement to wood fired cooking. Francis has worked in the Canadian school system in special needs, and also has worked as a trauma counsellor and researcher in that field.

    Marcelo in the Real World looks like a great read, so please enter me in the raffle 🙂 And the summer of butterflies has a great title!! I would also recommend my wifes recent novel Disappearing in Plain Sight for your reading program, but alas, the work does not have a Latin American thread – here’s a link anyways –

    Good luck with the impemntation of these wonderful programs, the development and work of your PhD studies. I can imagine you’re a busy woman, but i hope you’re able to occasionally enjoy either/or Francis’ and my blogposts. Speaking of that, I’m going to add a link another of Fran’s short posts entitled the “Value of education” – I think you may appreciate it.

    Best regards and peace – Bruce (I’m keeping my fingers crossed on the book prize!!) 🙂

    • Bruce, thanks so much for spending some time on our blog and your kind words. We’ve definitely got you entered in the drawing. I really loved Marcelo in the Real World. I hope you get the chance to read it–if you do, you’ll have to come back and tell us what you think about it. Both your work in Mexico and your wife’s work in the education field sound really interesting. I certainly look forward to reading more from both of your blogs. Thanks so much for sharing the links to the information you mentioned. I’m so glad that Jeff continues to share links and information to other blogs in his posts because I learn about writers I wouldn’t have stumbled upon otherwise. Take care–Katrina

  3. Pragmatic Mom won this giveaway!! Our next giveaway starts today. Comment on any blog post to be entered to win a copy of Meg Medina’s The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind.

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