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Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Merci Suarez Changes Gears

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Series: Merci Suarez, Book 1
Genre: Young Readers

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.

2019 John Newbery Medal, American Library Association
2019 Charlotte Huck Honor Award, NCTE
2018 Kirkus Prize for Literature for Young Readers, Finalist

Five starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist, the Horn Book Magazine and Publisher’s Weekly.

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Merci Suárez Can’t Dance

Merci Suárez Can’t Dance

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Series: Merci Suarez, Book 2
Genre: Young Readers

Seventh grade is going to be a real trial for Merci Suárez. For science she’s got no-nonsense Mr. Ellis, who expects her to be a smart as her brother, Roli. She’s been assigned to co-manage the tiny school store with Wilson Bellevue, a boy she barely knows, but whom she might actually like. And she’s tangling again with classmate Edna Santos, who is bossier and more obnoxious than ever now that she is in charge of the annual Heart Ball.

One thing is for sure, though: Merci Suárez can’t dance—not at the Heart Ball or anywhere else. Dancing makes her almost as queasy as love does, especially now that Tía Inés, her merengue-teaching aunt, has a new man in her life. Unfortunately, Merci can’t seem to avoid love or dance for very long. She used to talk about everything with her grandfather, Lolo, but with his Alzheimer’s getting worse each day, whom can she trust to help her make sense of all the new things happening in her life? The Suárez family is back in a touching, funny story about growing up and discovering love’s many forms, including how we learn to love and believe in ourselves.

Five starred reviews from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly and Shelf Awareness. Selected  for Bank Street College of Education's 2022 Best Children’s Books of the Year (for books published in 2021).

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Merci Suárez Plays It Cool

Merci Suárez Plays It Cool

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Series: Merci Suarez, Book 3
Genre: Young Readers

In a satisfying finale to her trilogy, Newbery Medalist Meg Medina follows Merci Suárez into an eighth-grade year full of changes—evolving friendships, new responsibilities, and heartbreaking loss.

For Merci Suárez, eighth grade means a new haircut, nighttime football games, and an out-of-town overnight field trip. At home, it means more chores and keeping an eye on Lolo as his health worsens. It’s a year filled with more responsibility and independence, but also with opportunities to reinvent herself. Merci has always been fine with not being one of the popular kids like Avery Sanders, who will probably be the soccer captain and is always traveling to fun places and buying new clothes. But then Avery starts talking to Merci more, and not just as a teammate. Does this mean they’re friends? Merci wants to play it cool, but with Edna always in her business, it’s only a matter of time before Merci has to decide where her loyalty stands. Whether Merci is facing school drama or changing family dynamics, readers will empathize as she discovers who she can count on—and what can change in an instant—in Meg Medina’s heartfelt conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Newbery Medal–winning novel.

Four starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Booklist, and the Horn Book Magazine.

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