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Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)

Posted July 29, 2019 by Kait in Book Tours / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)

Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the Each Tiny Spark blog tour!! I’m so excited to be on this tour, and I’m even more excited to share some neurodivergent middle grade books with you! Read on to find out more about the books, Pablo Cartaya, and follow along with the rest of the tour!

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya
Published by Kokila on August 6, 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Neurodivergent
Pages: 336
Goodreads

From award-winning author Pablo Cartaya comes a deeply moving middle grade novel about a daughter and father finding their way back to each other in the face of their changing family and community.

Emilia Torres has a wandering mind. It's hard for her to follow along at school, and sometimes she forgets to do what her mom or abuela asks. But she remembers what matters: a time when her family was whole and home made sense. When Dad returns from deployment, Emilia expects that her life will get back to normal. Instead, it unravels.

Dad shuts himself in the back stall of their family's auto shop to work on an old car. Emilia peeks in on him daily, mesmerized by his welder. One day, Dad calls Emilia over. Then, he teaches her how to weld. And over time, flickers of her old dad reappear.

But as Emilia finds a way to repair the relationship with her father 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 big questions and being brave enough to reckon with the answers.

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
Published by Random House on May 1, 2018
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Neurodivergent
Pages: 294
Goodreads

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test — middle school!

Lucy's grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that's not a math textbook!). Lucy's not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved. Unless there's been a miscalculation?

A celebration of friendship, Stacy McAnulty's smart and thoughtful middle-grade debut reminds us all to get out of our comfort zones and embrace what makes us different.

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
on October 18, 2016
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Neurodivergent
Pages: 304
Goodreads

To Molly Nathans, perfect is:

• The number four• The tip of a newly sharpened number two pencil• A crisp, white pad of paper • Her neatly aligned glass animal figurines

What’s not perfect is Molly’s mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are often broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Slam Poetry Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with table cloths. Molly’s sure her mother would never miss that. Right…?

But as time goes on, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly’s world from spinning out of control.

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos
Published by Wendy Lamb Books on May 14, 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Neurodivergent
Pages: 240
Goodreads

"Tender and illuminating. A beautiful debut." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me

A heartrending and hopeful debut novel about a nonverbal girl and her passion for space exploration, for fans of See You in the Cosmos, Mockingbird, and The Thing About Jellyfish.

Twelve-year-old Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger--it's the first time a teacher is going into space, and kids across America will watch the event on live TV in their classrooms. Nova and her big sister, Bridget, share a love of astronomy and the space program. They planned to watch the launch together. But Bridget has disappeared, and Nova is in a new foster home.

While foster families and teachers dismiss Nova as severely autistic and nonverbal, Bridget understands how intelligent and special Nova is, and all that she can't express. As the liftoff draws closer, Nova's new foster family and teachers begin to see her potential, and for the first time, she is making friends without Bridget. But every day, she's counting down to the launch, and to the moment when she'll see Bridget again. Because Bridget said, "No matter what, I'll be there. I promise."

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
Published by Scholastic Press on February 28, 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Neurodivergent
Pages: 320
Goodreads

Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn't been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbors from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their habits as they bustle about the cul-de-sac.

When a toddler staying next door goes missing, it becomes apparent that Matthew was the last person to see him alive. Suddenly, Matthew finds himself at the center of a high-stakes mystery, and every one of his neighbors is a suspect. Matthew is the key to figuring out what happened and potentially saving a child's life... but is he able to do so if it means exposing his own secrets, and stepping out from the safety of his home?

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Published by Dial Books on August 29, 2013
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Neurodivergent
Pages: 380
Goodreads

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life...until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books on February 5, 2015
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Neurodivergent
Pages: 288
Goodreads

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks, Gita Varadarajan
Published by Scholastic Press on May 10, 2016
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Neurodivergent
Pages: 240
Goodreads

Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.

Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.

Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.

Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common -- but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 7, 2014
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Neurodivergent
Pages: 226
Goodreads

Rose Howard has Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose’s father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn’t have much patience for his special-needs daughter.

Just as a storm hits town, Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain’s original owners.

And of course, how could I make this list without including one of my favorite books of all time…

Blog Tour: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartoya (featuring 10 neurodivergent middle grade books!)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Published by Disney Hyperion Books on March 1, 2006
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Neurodivergent
Pages: 377
Goodreads

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena - Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author whose books have been reviewed by The New York Times, featured in The Washington Post, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal, as well as been among the Best Books of the Year for Amazon, Chicago Public Library, NYPL, and several state award lists. He Is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novels The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (a 2018 Pura Belpre Honor Book) and Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish. His next novel, Each Tiny Spark will debut on the new Kokila Penguin/Random House Imprint, which focuses on publishing diverse books for children and young adults. He teaches at Sierra Nevada College’s MFA program in Writing and visits schools and colleges around the country. Pablo is proudly bilingual en español y ingles. @phcartaya

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Week One

July 29 – Kait Plus Books – Listicle: Neurodiveregent/ADHD Books

July 30 – Readerbuzz – Spanish Vocabulary Guide

July 31 – Ex Libris – Author Guest Post: What kind of experience/research did Pablo do for Emilia’s ADHD (inattentive type) and why he gave this particular trait to Emilia

August 1 – Book Fidelity – Review + Moodboard

Week Two

August 5 – Mundo de Pepita – Review

August 6 – Rhythmicbooktrovert – Review + Favorite Quotes List

August 7 – Books Beyond Binaries – Author Guest Post: Why did you chose to write about a feminine main character and what do you hope young readers will take away from the story (both folks from the Latinx community and folks outside)?

Do you have any favorite neurodivergent books? Are there any you wish I had put on my list? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!

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