Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.Merci 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 dont 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 Mercis school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Ednas jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Mercis grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so shes left to her own worries, while a...
|Title||:||Merci Suárez Changes Gears|
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Merci Suárez Changes Gears Reviews
*I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own*
This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on.
My favorite thing was that racism wasn’t the setting of this book. Of course, those experiences are important and real, and should be written about but I think it’s just as important to write stories where that is not the setting-where the characters are deali ...more
“What a kid wants is not part of the formula, as usual, not here and not anywhere.” – Merci
Medina has created a beautiful story about a young girl (6th grade) exploring the complexities of relationships, trying to establish for herself and for others who she is or who she is becoming in an ever-evolving web of family and the intricate network of friends (today, but not tomorrow; tomorrow, but not today) at school.
There are so many points in this book – quotes that I think are worthy of student- ...more
Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci doesn't really understand what is going on due to the family's decision to keep her in the dark. It's a coming-of-age tale which may appeal to middle school readers at the moment but probably lacks an enduring qual ...more
Sixth grade is a tough year for every child. As a scholarship student at an expensive academy, it's even tougher for Merci Suarez. Not only does she have to learn to endure middle school where she doesn't always feel she fits in with her classmates, but she also has to start growing up and facing changes. Not just changes in herself, but changes in her family as well. Her brother is getting ready to leave for college and her grandfather is showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. It's a time of ...more
I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautifully in her Ezra Jack Keats Award book Tia Isa Wants a Car and in her young adult books that I have read. In this new book which makes its debut September 11, the windows and mirrors seem to shapeshift as sixth-gra ...more
Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family.
3.5 stars roundup
A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to this book. Like Merci, I was close to my grandparents and even lived with my paternal grandparents for a time when I was a teenager. I loved the author's note too.
Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways.
I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina’s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Suárez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place in middle school and in her multi-generational family. Great read for middle grades.