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Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

By Maria Peña, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Boy searches for dad, finds cultural roots in moving tale.

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This emotional roller coaster of a story about a teen boy's unexpected quest to find the father who abandoned his family hooks readers from the start. The narration is vivid, the dialogue between the characters very genuine: You can almost hear the conversations as you read them. Author Pablo Cartaya includes ​​​colorful descriptions of Puerto Rico along with insightful details of the island's culture, folklore, people, and traditions. Yes, Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish, but in the end, he completely understands it all.

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