Merci Suárez changes gears / Meg Medina.

By: Medina, Meg [author.]Material type: TextTextEdition: First U.S. editionDescription: 355 pages ; 21 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780763690496; 076369049XSubject(s): Girls -- Juvenile fiction | Middle school students -- Juvenile fiction | Middle schools -- Juvenile fiction | Sixth grade (Education) -- Juvenile fiction | Schools -- Juvenile fiction | Grandfathers -- Juvenile fiction | Grandparent and child -- Juvenile fiction | Jealousy -- Juvenile fiction | Middle schools | Grandfathers | Grandparent and child | Jealousy | Schools | JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational | JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino | JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship | JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational | JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino | JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship | Girls | Grandfathers | Grandparent and child | Jealousy | Middle school students | Middle schools | Schools | Sixth grade (Education) | Middle schools -- Fiction | Grandfathers -- Fiction | Grandparent-grandchild relationship -- Fiction | Jealousy -- Fiction | Florida -- Juvenile fiction | FloridaGenre/Form: Children's stories. | Domestic fiction. | Fiction. | Juvenile works. | Novels. | Domestic fiction. | Novels. | Domestic fiction. | School stories. | Contemporary realistic fiction.DDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.M512765 | Mer 2018bOther classification: JUV013030 | JUV011030 | JUV039060 Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection. | ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019 | Américas Award commended title, 2019 | Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Older Readers, 2018 | CSMCL Best Books, 2018 | Horn Book Fanfare List, 2018 | Kirkus Prize Finalist for Young Readers' Literature, 2018 | NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor, 2019 | New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, 2018 | New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books: Middle Grade, 2018 | Newbery Medal, 2019 | Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2019 | Publisher's Weekly Best Middle Grade Book, 2018 | School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018Summary: Merci Suárez 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. 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. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school.
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"A Junior Library Guild selection"--Jacket flap.

Merci Suárez 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. 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. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school.

A Junior Library Guild selection.

ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019

Américas Award commended title, 2019

Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Older Readers, 2018

CSMCL Best Books, 2018

Horn Book Fanfare List, 2018

Kirkus Prize Finalist for Young Readers' Literature, 2018

NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor, 2019

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, 2018

New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books: Middle Grade, 2018

Newbery Medal, 2019

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2019

Publisher's Weekly Best Middle Grade Book, 2018

School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018

Reviews provided by Syndetics

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Eleven-year-old Merci Suárez is starting sixth grade and everything is changing. Not only do upper graders have to switch teachers throughout the day, but playing sports, like Merci loves to do, is seen as babyish and befriending boys is taboo. So when Merci is assigned to show new kid Michael Clark around as part of her scholarship package at Seaward Pines Academy, it's a problem. Especially when the richest, smartest, most popular girl in school, Edna, who gets to write the sixth grade's social rules and break them, too, seems to like Michael. Meanwhile, at home, Merci has to watch over her little twin cousins who live close by at Las Casitas, a row of houses belonging to Mami and Papi; Abuela and Lolo; and Tia, for free, so trying out for the school's soccer team and earning money to buy her dream bike is almost impossible. What's worse, Merci can't even talk to her beloved Lolo about all her problems like she used to as he starts acting less and less like himself. The realistic portrayal of a complex young Latina's life is one many readers will relate to as she discovers that change can be hard, but it's the ride that matters. VERDICT Pura Belpré-winning author Medina cruises into readers' hearts with this luminous middle grade novel. A winning addition to any library's shelves.-Brittany Drehobl, Morton Grove Public Library, IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Meg Medina is a Latina author, based in Richmond, Virginia. She is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and grew up in Queens, New York. Her work includes picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction. Her books include Mango, Abuelo and Me, Tia Isa Wants a Car, Burn Baby Burn, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Ass, and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. She won the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. She is the author of Merci Suarez Changes Gears, which won the 2019 John Newbery medal and the 2018 Charlotte Huck honor.

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