Each Tiny Spark

October 31, 2020
Each Tiny Spark

From award-winning author Pablo Cartaya comes a deeplymoving middle grade novel about a daughter and father finding theirway back to each other in the face of their changing family andcommunity.A SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD HONOR FOR MIDDLE GRADEEmilia Torres has a wandering mind. It's hard for her to followalong at school, and sometimes she forgets to do what her mom orabuela asks. But she remembers what matters: a time when her familywas whole and home made sense. When Dad returns from deployment,Emilia expects that her life will get back to normal. Instead, itunravels.Dad shuts himself in the back stall of their family's auto shop towork on an old car. Emilia peeks in on him daily, mesmerized by hiswelder. One day, Dad calls Emilia over. Then, he teaches her how toweld. And over time, flickers of her old dad reappear.But as Emilia finds a way to repair the relationship with herfather at home, her community ruptures with some of her classmates,like her best friend, Gus, at the center of the conflict.Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya is a tender story about asking bigquestions and being brave enough to reckon with the answers.