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|
|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
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Merci Suárez Changes Gears Reviews
Entering sixth grade is tricky enough on its own for Merci Suarez, yet she is dealing with other difficult issues, too. Edna Santos, rich and privileged, is snooty to Merci given the fact the Merci and her brother Roli are at their private school tuition free. Edna's jealousy is compounded when Merci is paired with popular, handsome Michael Clark as her Sunshine Buddy.
However, the biggest change in the Suarez family is Lolo's rapid decline into Alzheimer Disease. At first, Merci doesn't realize ...more
Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes “Merci” Suárez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Tía Inéz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tomás. She and Roli also attend an exclusive private school, Seaward Pines. In order to help pay their tuition, Merci has to take part in Sunshine Buddies, a community service program that matches her with a new student from M ...more
Merci Suarez Changes Gears is one of my new favorite middle grade books. It has everything I think is important for all ages: an interesting story, characters you feel deeply about, and issues that affect us all.
Having lived in Miami, Florida for almost forty years, I loved being involved in Merci’s Latin family. The family life, food, and culture was woven seamlessly into the story, it’s almost like I was part of her family.
This story covers many important issues while keeping the wonderful c ...more
Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor in an environment where everyone else is rich and the alienation that comes with it. I loved or loved to hate the characters and watching Merci grow was satisfying.
There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended family in Florida, with her beloved grandparents, aunt, and twin cousins.
I love how tight she is with her family, that she cares about them. That she wants to do right by them, despite not liking watching the twin ...more
What a wonderful middle-grade novel! I strongly recommend this to those working with MG and YA readers, and those looking for books with characters of color and/or strong female protagonists, and anyone who loves a good kid’s book about a happy family trying to get through difficult times. Contains discussion of Alzheimer’s.
I absolutely love Merci Suarez—she is as clever, courageous, stubborn and as spunky as my favorite female protags from over the years—Anne of Green Gables, Harriet the Spy, a ...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 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