Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

A Novel

Book - 2018
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One boy's search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle-grade novel, for fans of Ghost and See You in the Cosmos .

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.

After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mom decides it's time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don't remember or have never met. But Marcus can't focus knowing that his father--who walked out of their lives ten years ago--is somewhere on the island.

So begins Marcus's incredible journey, a series of misadventures that take him all over Puerto Rico in search of his elusive namesake. Marcus doesn't know if he'll ever find his father, but what he ultimately discovers changes his life. And he even learns a bit of Spanish along the way.
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781101997260
Characteristics: 249 pages ;,22 cm.

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Ms_Gaye Feb 14, 2019

Marcus Vega is an endearing character who skillfully deals with a variety of issues (bullying, an absent dad, and a brother with Down syndrome) but it's the absent dad issue that takes up a lot of his thoughts. After a rare instance of losing his cool at school, his mother decides to take the boys for a trip - from Pennsylvania to Puerto Rico - where Marcus' delinquent dad still lives. The author provides a glimpse into daily life in Puerto Rico while the family is briefly reunited with the Vega relatives. The dad, though, remains elusive until at last Marcus finds him, where their meeting brings closure for Marcus. An enjoyable read for ages 10-14.

IndyPL_ShellieR Jan 23, 2019

Marcus is a kiddo who is both kind and funny and it's a fun ride to watch his world grow bigger even as he becomes more firmly rooted in his own home.

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LauraMcShaneCLE
Aug 31, 2018

FINALLY !! A YA title that is not about zombies, gangs, street life, suicide or other grim topics. Pick this book up and have a laugh. Life is a journey.

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