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Merci Suárez changes gears / Meg Medina.

Medina, Meg, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J MED (Text) 33500012778106 New Checked out 09/12/2019
Detroit Lakes Public Library J MED (Text) 33500012778114 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library J MED (Text) 33500013061585 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780763690496
  • ISBN: 076369049X
  • Physical Description: 355 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note: A Junior Library Guild selection.
Summary, etc.: Merci Suárez 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.
Target Audience Note: 009-012.
4-7.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1
    *Starred Review* Merci Suárez loves painting with her Papi, playing on his soccer team, telling her Abuelo Lolo about her days at school, and taking pictures of her family when they are together. But lately Lolo has been acting different—he wanders off, forgets things easily, and has even gotten angry. To add to Merci's worries, sixth grade at Seaward Pines Academy has gotten off to a rocky start. To make up her school tuition, Merci has been assigned community service as a Sunshine Buddy to new student Michael Clark, and, as the weeks go by, popular Edna Santos only gets meaner as Merci and Michael become friends. Merci isn't sure what to make of this new world where "maybe like" is not the same as "like like," and where "popular" is not the same as having friends. As she navigates her way through the year, she discovers that, even though change is scary and even though it may mean things will never be the same, sometimes it is unavoidable. Medina's breathtaking coming-of-age story features a strong, deeply honest protagonist whose insights will make readers laugh, as well as dynamic secondary characters who reveal glimmers of profound depth. Medina capably gets to the heart of middle-school experiences in this engrossing story of a kid growing into herself. A must-read. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: Girls > Juvenile fiction.
Middle school students > Juvenile fiction.
Middle schools > Juvenile fiction.
Sixth grade (Education) > Juvenile fiction.
Schools > Juvenile fiction.
Grandfathers > Juvenile fiction.
Grandparent and child > Juvenile fiction.
Jealousy > Juvenile fiction.
Florida > Juvenile fiction.
Middle schools.
Grandfathers.
Grandparent and child.
Jealousy.
Schools.
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship.
Genre: Novels.
Domestic fiction.

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