The Real-Life People and Places That Inspired The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
by Traci Swain
Proudly bilingual author Pablo Cartaya joins us for an exclusive five-minute video interview about the real-life people, places, and events that inspired his creative choices in the Pura Belpré Honor–winning The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora.
Fresh from recording the Spanish audiobook, Pablo takes us behind the scenes of his novel and shares some insights about himself, the book, his family, and his culture. Watch this video with your class to learn more about Pablo and to encourage students to put pen to paper too!
When your class watches this interview, they’ll learn about:
• Pablo’s experience growing up as a Cuban American and his personal connection to the story.
• Why poetry strikes Pablo and factors strongly into The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora.
• How Pablo drew on foods he ate growing up for inspiration—and peppered Arturo’s story with delicious details!
After watching the interview, we’d love to hear what your students think! Can they relate to any of the experiences Pablo shared? Join the conversation with us on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs. We can’t wait to repost your thoughts on our social media pages! Also, make sure to subscribe to Scholastic’s YouTube channel for back-to-school videos you can share with your class.
Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author, speaker, actor, and educator. In 2018, he received a Pura Belpré Author Honor for his middle grade novel The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. His second novel, Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, is available now. Learn more about Pablo at pablocartaya.com and follow him on Twitter @phcartaya.
Photo © Jean-Paul Mallozzi 2018
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