Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

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. Marcus knows what classmates and teachers see when they look at him: a monster. But appearances are deceiving. At home, Marcus is a devoted brother. And he finds ways to earn cash to contribute to hi Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're o...

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Title:Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
Author:Pablo Cartaya
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Genres:Childrens
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish Reviews

  • Sarah Sammis
    Oct 12, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

  • Betsy
    Aug 04, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

  • Megan
    Sep 05, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

    This book is about Marcus Vega, a six foot tall middle school student, his brother Charlie who has down syndrome, his father who left when Marcus was little, and his mom who doesn't make a lot of money and has to work a lot of night shifts. When something happens at school, his mom bri...

    Started out strong but ended up just okay for me. Felt bogged down by too many characters - what was the point of the twins? - and the pacing felt off at times. Very bittersweet to read about Puerto Rico. ...

    Great writing. Loved the setting details. ...

    https://revingsblog.blogspot.com/2018... ...

    Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish is about a biracial boy raised by his single mother after their father left when he was a kid. Marcus is big for his age, and he uses his size lucratively. He charges younger kids for him to walk with them to school so he can protect them from the actu...

    Hmmm, okay. I loved the story in and of itself but I had a huge problem with the narrator of the audiook because he put on this strange sort of voice for the main character's brother who has Down's Syndrome. This made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. ...

    After Marcus punches the school bully for making fun of his brother, his mother announced that they need a trip away to ?regroup? and that Marcus can choose the destination. Marcus chooses his birthplace of Puerto Rico, where his father moved back to and hasn?t been seen or h...

  • Melissa
    Sep 05, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

    This book is about Marcus Vega, a six foot tall middle school student, his brother Charlie who has down syndrome, his father who left when Marcus was little, and his mom who doesn't make a lot of money and has to work a lot of night shifts. When something happens at school, his mom bri...

    Started out strong but ended up just okay for me. Felt bogged down by too many characters - what was the point of the twins? - and the pacing felt off at times. Very bittersweet to read about Puerto Rico. ...

    Great writing. Loved the setting details. ...

    https://revingsblog.blogspot.com/2018... ...

    Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish is about a biracial boy raised by his single mother after their father left when he was a kid. Marcus is big for his age, and he uses his size lucratively. He charges younger kids for him to walk with them to school so he can protect them from the actu...

    Hmmm, okay. I loved the story in and of itself but I had a huge problem with the narrator of the audiook because he put on this strange sort of voice for the main character's brother who has Down's Syndrome. This made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. ...

    After Marcus punches the school bully for making fun of his brother, his mother announced that they need a trip away to ?regroup? and that Marcus can choose the destination. Marcus chooses his birthplace of Puerto Rico, where his father moved back to and hasn?t been seen or h...

    A charming love letter to Puerto Rico. ...

  • Katie
    Sep 13, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

    This book is about Marcus Vega, a six foot tall middle school student, his brother Charlie who has down syndrome, his father who left when Marcus was little, and his mom who doesn't make a lot of money and has to work a lot of night shifts. When something happens at school, his mom bri...

    Started out strong but ended up just okay for me. Felt bogged down by too many characters - what was the point of the twins? - and the pacing felt off at times. Very bittersweet to read about Puerto Rico. ...

  • Rachel Polacek
    Oct 14, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Aug 30, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

    This book is about Marcus Vega, a six foot tall middle school student, his brother Charlie who has down syndrome, his father who left when Marcus was little, and his mom who doesn't make a lot of money and has to work a lot of night shifts. When something happens at school, his mom bri...

    Started out strong but ended up just okay for me. Felt bogged down by too many characters - what was the point of the twins? - and the pacing felt off at times. Very bittersweet to read about Puerto Rico. ...

    Great writing. Loved the setting details. ...

    https://revingsblog.blogspot.com/2018... ...

    Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish is about a biracial boy raised by his single mother after their father left when he was a kid. Marcus is big for his age, and he uses his size lucratively. He charges younger kids for him to walk with them to school so he can protect them from the actu...

  • Ms. Yingling
    May 15, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

  • Reving
    Sep 13, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

    This book is about Marcus Vega, a six foot tall middle school student, his brother Charlie who has down syndrome, his father who left when Marcus was little, and his mom who doesn't make a lot of money and has to work a lot of night shifts. When something happens at school, his mom bri...

    Started out strong but ended up just okay for me. Felt bogged down by too many characters - what was the point of the twins? - and the pacing felt off at times. Very bittersweet to read about Puerto Rico. ...

    Great writing. Loved the setting details. ...

    https://revingsblog.blogspot.com/2018... ...

  • Janna
    Jul 23, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

  • Carolyn
    Sep 19, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

  • Linda Owen
    Sep 23, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

  • Amy
    Sep 02, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

  • Chari
    Sep 20, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

  • Clare Lund
    Oct 02, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

  • Carrie
    Sep 12, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

  • Cynthia Parkhill
    Sep 23, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

  • Shaye Miller
    Aug 30, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

  • Shaye Miller
    Sep 25, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Aug 01, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

  • Mariana Calderon
    Jul 04, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

  • Laura (bbliophile)
    Sep 10, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

    This book is about Marcus Vega, a six foot tall middle school student, his brother Charlie who has down syndrome, his father who left when Marcus was little, and his mom who doesn't make a lot of money and has to work a lot of night shifts. When something happens at school, his mom bri...

    Started out strong but ended up just okay for me. Felt bogged down by too many characters - what was the point of the twins? - and the pacing felt off at times. Very bittersweet to read about Puerto Rico. ...

    Great writing. Loved the setting details. ...

    https://revingsblog.blogspot.com/2018... ...

    Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish is about a biracial boy raised by his single mother after their father left when he was a kid. Marcus is big for his age, and he uses his size lucratively. He charges younger kids for him to walk with them to school so he can protect them from the actu...

    Hmmm, okay. I loved the story in and of itself but I had a huge problem with the narrator of the audiook because he put on this strange sort of voice for the main character's brother who has Down's Syndrome. This made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. ...

  • Carli
    Aug 26, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

    This book is about Marcus Vega, a six foot tall middle school student, his brother Charlie who has down syndrome, his father who left when Marcus was little, and his mom who doesn't make a lot of money and has to work a lot of night shifts. When something happens at school, his mom bri...

    Started out strong but ended up just okay for me. Felt bogged down by too many characters - what was the point of the twins? - and the pacing felt off at times. Very bittersweet to read about Puerto Rico. ...

    Great writing. Loved the setting details. ...

    https://revingsblog.blogspot.com/2018... ...

    Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish is about a biracial boy raised by his single mother after their father left when he was a kid. Marcus is big for his age, and he uses his size lucratively. He charges younger kids for him to walk with them to school so he can protect them from the actu...

    Hmmm, okay. I loved the story in and of itself but I had a huge problem with the narrator of the audiook because he put on this strange sort of voice for the main character's brother who has Down's Syndrome. This made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. ...

    After Marcus punches the school bully for making fun of his brother, his mother announced that they need a trip away to ?regroup? and that Marcus can choose the destination. Marcus chooses his birthplace of Puerto Rico, where his father moved back to and hasn?t been seen or h...

    A charming love letter to Puerto Rico. ...

    My black and white Kindle?s cover for this wasn?t going to cut it. How great are these colors? ? ?????/5. I loved The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, so I was excited to see another one by Pablo Cartaya. It didn?t disappoint! ? Marcus Vega is an unusually tall - wel...

  • JoEllen
    Jan 10, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

  • Jasmine
    Sep 15, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

    This book is about Marcus Vega, a six foot tall middle school student, his brother Charlie who has down syndrome, his father who left when Marcus was little, and his mom who doesn't make a lot of money and has to work a lot of night shifts. When something happens at school, his mom bri...

    Started out strong but ended up just okay for me. Felt bogged down by too many characters - what was the point of the twins? - and the pacing felt off at times. Very bittersweet to read about Puerto Rico. ...

    Great writing. Loved the setting details. ...

  • Brianne Honda
    Sep 19, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

  • Raul M
    Aug 29, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

  • Busy Mummy
    Oct 10, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

  • Flynn
    Sep 05, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

  • Thomas Chung
    Sep 12, 2018

    The other day a woman contacted me and wondered if I could offer any picture book/middle grade/ YA suggestions for a list of various topics. The list consisted of things like ?OCD?, ?death/grieving?, ?trauma?, etc. Some of the subjects were difficult and others too easy (th...

    ARC provided by Follett Marcus is a big kid, and uses this to his advantage in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood by earning a little money offering "protection" from kids like Stephen Hobert. He has a group who walk back and forth to school with him for the bargain price of $10...

    I breezed through this book because it flows so seamlessly and the characters are so true to life. Marcus, Charlie, their mom, and everyone they meet jump off of the page and give a true feeling of family. I loved seeing Marcus?s journey, and I feel like this story fits together neat...

    Very well written - reads somewhat like a love-story to Puerto Rico and rightfully so. The author beautifully captures the things that make La Isla del Encanta so special! I was married to a PR man and have visited the island many times and reading Marcus' story reminded me of being a ...

    Another winner from author Pablo Cartaya! After his dad walked out on the family, Marcus has had to grow up faster than his peers; he looks out for his mom and his little brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, but is also misunderstood at school due to his large size. When the neighbo...

    Engaging story, with a likeable protagonist who provides first-person narrative. I liked the way Marcus used his size to his advantage, offering his walk-home service to kids who were at risk of bullying -- but sympathized because at the root of it all, Marcus was still viewed as a mis...

    I loved this book. It was a great story of family, friends, and learning to live with yourself, despite what others might see when they look at you. Marcus Vega doesn't fit in with the rest of the 8th graders at his middle school. He is bigger, stronger, and more intimidating. He u...

    Something about this novel had me intensely enjoying the opportunity to escape into the tale, even more so compared to the author's prior release. I initially had my doubts, but only because some memories that I'd prefer leaving in the past resurfaced, as I was reading of how 14-year-o...

    this book is so good. ...

    Gotta love Marcus Vega?smart kid. ? Final review to come on Monday!! ...

    Most people look at Marcus Vega and see a bully - that's what happens when you're six feet and 180 pounds. It doesn't matter that he's just in the 8th grade, takes care of his little brother who has Down Syndrome, and offers to walk younger kids home for some extra cash for his mom's e...

    After reading and loving Epic Fail of Arturo I was excited to see another MG title from this author. I loved Marcus and his relationship with his brother. Marcus' struggle with identity is something many MG students can relate to. The search for Marcus' dad will stir real emotions for ...

    4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to Penguin/Viking for sending me a physical copy for review. ...

    Marcus Vega is a very large kid. He struggles to fit in with the rest of his same-aged friend, so he takes advantage of his size by charging his classmates for various tasks he can handle better than most. Marcus?s younger brother, Charlie, has down syndrome. One day, another student...

    I was intrigued by the title of this book. Being able to speak Spanish and have travelled to Puerto Rico, I really wanted to see what this book had to offer. The story follows Marcus on the journey and struggles of bullying, a heart warming relationship with his younger brother Charlie...

    Marcus Vega is chronologically an 8th grader, but his size makes him seem much older. He uses his size as a way to make a profit. He walks kids home to prevent them from being bullied and also charges students for breaking school rules. He contributes all his profits to his family, con...

    Marcus Vega is in middle school and hasn't seen his father in years. He's somewhere on Puerto Rico, and Marcus wants to find him to see if he can help his stressed out mother and pay for special school for his special needs brother, Charlie. He's making money protecting sixth graders f...

    336666 family home off road ...

    Loved it ...

    Marcus Vega is really big. In fact, he is the biggest person at his middle school. For that reason, other kids are afraid of him. Marcus uses his size to his advantage to make money at school, doing things like walking bullied kids home from school, keeping kids' cell phones so they do...

    A 3.5 for me really but the ending was really sweet and the afterword (re Puerto Rico) made me cry, so... While Marcos is an 8th grader, I think this book would appeal more to 6th graders. ...

    This book is about Marcus Vega, a six foot tall middle school student, his brother Charlie who has down syndrome, his father who left when Marcus was little, and his mom who doesn't make a lot of money and has to work a lot of night shifts. When something happens at school, his mom bri...