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Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

September 2018

Candlewick Press

HC: 978-0-7636-9049-6


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Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, she’s not exactly like the other kids at Seaward Pines because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. At home, Merci’s most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely and no one in her family will tell her anything about what’s going on with her grandfather. In a coming of age story that features family, friends, frenemies – and ripped off eyebrows – we look at the confusion and constant change that define middle school and the steadfast connection that defines family.


A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Southern Independent Booksellers 2018 Okra Pick!

“[Medina] layers the funny on top of the painful on top of the beautiful on top of the bewildering–and expresses the raw, sensitive nature of being. Merci and the Suárezes are supremely lovable and, while the book has a gratifying end, readers will surely want more time at Las Casitas.” (~Review and Q & A in Shelf Awareness)

“Pura Belpré–winning author Medina cruises into readers’ hearts with this luminous middle grade novel. A winning addition to any library’s shelves.”  (~School Library Journal, starred)

“Medina capably gets to the heart of middle school experiences in this engrossing story of a kid growing into herself. A must read.” (~Booklist, June 2018, starred)

“Medina delivers another stellar and deeply moving story” (~Kirkus July 15, 2018, starred)

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