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Merci Suárez Changes Gears (MP3 CD)

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By Meg Medina, Frankie Corzo (Read by)
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        Merci Suarez is one of my favorite fictional sixth graders. She's struggling with a lot, kind of like many people are during a pandemic. Merci goes to a school she's not feeling welcome in, and there's something going on with her grandfather that she doesn't understand. The adults in her family are hiding something from her. Even though she is confused and change is scary, her family is the comforting constant. I loved this heartfelt story about growing up. 


— Heidi, Books Inc. Book Fair Staffer


Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781978644533
ISBN-10: 1978644531
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: September 11th, 2018
Language: English