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
Everything’s changing for Merci Saurez entering sixth grade at the fancy Seaward Pines Academy, as a scholarship student. A universal story about the value of family, hard work, cultural traditions and the inevitability of change. Medina perfectly captures the mercurial mixed up butterflies in your stomach feelings that come with being eleven—all through the lens of a joyful (mostly) intergenerational Latino Family. 2019’s Newbery Award winner (just announced on Monday) deserves all the praise a ...more
I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic.
Merci Suárez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the typical sorts of problems preteens face these days, but with main characters who are a part of the rich Hispanic culture.
It's about time we saw this story behind the covers of a mainstream book. So happy it won the Newb ...more
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
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.
Yep, I cried! Nice family dynamics and I thought of my own grandparents with Alzheimer's. A great addition to the Newbery list.
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.
4.5 stars...review coming soon