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Merci Suárez changes gears

by Medina, Meg,

Format: Large Print 2018
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A Pura Belpré Award Winning AuthorMerci Suarez 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.Grades 4-7 | Ages 9-12
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*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.--Paz, Selenia Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this warmly told story, Medina (Burn Baby Burn) introduces 11-year-old Merci, descendent of Cuban immigrants, who attends a Florida private school on scholarship with her whip-smart older brother. Merci doesn't feel much pressure to be anyone but herself, but her self-assuredness ("It's never too early to work on your corporate leadership skills," she declares at one point) makes her a target: rich kid Edna tries to put Merci outside the sixth grade girls' friend circle, and the clashes make school miserable ("No offense is what Edna says right before she takes a hatchet to your feelings," she reports). Merci's home life is also stressful-money is tight, her beloved grandfather is failing, and familial obligations (mostly babysitting twin cousins) mean there's no chance to try out for the school soccer team. Through all this, Medina keeps the tone light as Merci's take-charge personality helps her to succeed in this coming-of-age tale about family and the perils of sixth grade. Ages 9-12. Agent: Jennifer Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print mini-collections.
Subjects Girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Middle schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Middle school students -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Grandfathers -- Juvenile fiction.
Grandparent and child -- Juvenile fiction.
Hispanic Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Jealousy -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Florida -- Juvenile fiction.
Large type books.
Family life -- Florida -- Fiction.
Middle schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Hispanic Americans -- Fiction.
Florida -- Juvenile fiction.
Florida -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich. :2018
Language English
Awards Newbery Award winner, 2019.
Description 383 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781432860363
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