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Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

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Winner of the Newbery Medal
A New York Times Bestseller

Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.

Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school -- and the steadfast connection that defines family.

Author: Meg Medina
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 09/11/2018
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.80w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780763690496
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.6
Point Value: 10
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 196915 / Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Award: Newbery Medal - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 06/01/2018 pg. 99
School Library Journal 07/01/2018 pg. 62
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2018 pg. 130
Publishers Weekly 08/06/2018
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2018 pg. 90
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2018
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2018 pg. 63
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2019 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style

About the Author
Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book Merci Suárez Changes Gears, which was also a 2018 Kirkus Prize finalist. Her young adult novels include Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which won the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award; Burn Baby Burn, which was long-listed for the National Book Award; and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. She is also the author of picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author Award Honor Book, and Tía Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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