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Merci Suárez Changes Gears (Book #1)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears (Book #1)

By Meg Medina

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Winner of the Newbery Medal
A New York Times Bestseller

“The realistic portrayal of a complex young Latina’s life is one many readers will relate to. . . . Medina cruises into readers’ hearts.” — School Library Journal (starred review)


Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, as strong and thoughtful as Merci is, she has never been completely 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. And Merci is left to her own worries, because no one in her family will tell her what's going on. Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, this coming-of-age tale by New York Times best-selling author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.

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: 9781536212587
Publisher: Candlewick
Date published:
Page count: 368
Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational, Juvenile Fiction / Hispanic & Latino, and Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Ages: 9 to 12

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