The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
About the Book
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, summertime 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 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.
Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
3. What is the definition of the word?
4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
5. Explain how the word connects to the story.
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the
other MCBA books you read.