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Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Contributor(s): Medina, Meg (Author)

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ISBN: 076369049X     ISBN-13: 9780763690496
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2018
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - General (see Also Headings Under Family)
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - Hispanic & Latino
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Multigenerational
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2018182175
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Lexile Measure: 700(Not Available)
Physical Information: 1.2" H x 5.8" W x 8.1" (1.10 lbs) 368 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - Hispanic
- Topical - Friendship
- Ethnic Orientation - Latino
- Topical - Family
- Geographic Orientation - Florida
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Awards: Newbery Medal, Winner, Children's, 2019
Review Citations: Booklist 06/01/2018 pg. 99
School Library Journal 07/01/2018 pg. 62
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2018 pg. 130
Publishers Weekly 08/06/2018
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2018 pg. 90
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2018
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2018 pg. 63
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2019 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 196915
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 10.0
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Publisher Description:
Winner of the Newbery Medal
A New York Times Bestseller

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 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. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school -- and the steadfast connection that defines family.

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