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Merci Suárez Can't Dance (Book #2)

Merci Suárez Can't Dance (Book #2)

By Meg Medina

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A Kirkus Reviews Most Anticipated Book of 2021

In Meg Medina’s follow-up to her Newbery Medal–winning novel, Merci takes on seventh grade, with all its travails of friendship, family, love—and finding your rhythm.

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.

About the contributor(s)

Meg Medina, the 2023­­­­–2024 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is a Cuban American author who writes for readers of all ages. Her middle-grade novelMerci Suárez Changes Gears received a Newbery Medal and was aNew York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of the Year, among many other distinctions. Its sequel,Merci Suárez Can’t Dance, received five starred reviews, whileMerci Suárez Plays It Cool received four stars, withKirkus Reviews calling it “a fabulous finale to a memorable trilogy.” Her most recent picture book,Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, received honors including a Charlotte Zolotow Award and was the 2020 Jumpstart Read for the Record selection, reaching 2.24 million readers. She received a Pura Belpré Author Award Honor for her picture bookMango, Abuela, and Me. Her young adult novelBurn Baby Burn earned numerous distinctions, including being long-listed for the National Book Award and short-listed for the Kirkus Prize. Meg Medina received a Pura Belpré Author Award and a Cybils Award for her young adult novelYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which has been adapted and illustrated as a graphic novel by Mel Valentine Vargas. She also received an Ezra Jack Keats Writer Award for her picture bookTía Isa Wants a Car. When she is not writing, Meg Medina works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth, and literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

Book details

ISBN: 9781536228151
Publisher: Candlewick
Date published:
Page count: 384
Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational, Juvenile Fiction / Hispanic & Latino, and Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Ages: 9 to 12

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