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Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Merci Su arez begins the sixth grade and knows things will change, but she did not count on her grandfather acting strangely, not fitting in at her private school, and dealing with Edna Santos' jealousy.

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ISBN 9780763690496
Barcode 9780763690496
Published 1 November 2018 by Candlewick Press,U.S
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Medina, Meg
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ISBN-13 9780763690496
ISBN-10 076369049X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Candlewick Press,U.S
Imprint Candlewick Press,U.S.
Publication Date 1 November 2018
International Publication Date 11 September 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Medina, Meg
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 197mm
Weight 567g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
Library of Congress Schools, Middle schools, Grandparent and child, Grandfathers, Jealousy
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 936143

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Newbery Medal (Children's) 2019
NZ Review Medina writes with profound respect for her readers, not holding back on showing the circumstances that can make growing up an adventure of ups and downs. . . . Layered with humor, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is a heartwarming story about a smart, talented, and thoughtful girl who refuses to let all that's changing keep her from holding on to what matters most. -- Renee Watson, author of What Momma Left Me But merci, merci me, did I love this girl. Hardheaded but softhearted, she's a character who really reads like so many middle-school girls. . . . Merci's got her family issues and her friend issues and her schoolwork and her passions. . . . There are sixth-grade girls like this. Lots of 'em. I'm glad they have Merci. -- Jenesse Evertson, bbgb books, Richmond, VA I loved this sympathetic, vibrant character who opens her heart as she begins to understand the changes going on around her. She will walk right into your heart, too. -- Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC Be sure to have Kleenex handy, because you're going to fall in love with Merci Suarez and her world and I guarantee there will be tears. I read Merci Suarez in just about one sitting and sobbed my way through the last fifty pages. If it made me feel this seen at age thirty-two, I can only imagine the impact it will have on twelve-year-olds. -- Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop, Washington, D.C. Bravo to Meg Medina! Merci's story has depth, heart, and authenticity. Her changing relationship with her grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease, is especially poignant. -- Margaret Orto, Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C. I LOVED Merci Suarez Changes Gears! I read it in one sitting and was late for everything because I couldn't walk away from it. . . . Meg Medina has created the kind of heroine that every girl can cheer on, embrace, and see herself in. . . . That Merci still fights for her independence while fiercely loving her familia y cultura is what gives this book such an enduring quality. This is a coming-of-age story that will stay with girls throughout their lives. When we think about the great stories we read as adolescents -- like Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret -- I can see Merci Suarez right next to them. I wish with all my heart that I had a book like this when I was a nina entering the sixth grade, and it will be such a joy to put it in my customers' hands. -- Angela Maria Spring, Duende District Bookstore, Washington, D.C. Meg Medina has scored again with Merci Suarez Changes Gears! . . . I can't wait to get it in our store next fall! -- Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Boston, MA

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Author's Bio

Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book Merci Su rez 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 Belpr 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 Belpr Author Award Honor Book, and T a Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Mu oz, 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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