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Merci Suárez Changes Gears (original 2018; edition 2018)
by Meg Medina (Author)
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (2018)
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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.This book was so good! It is not any wonder that it has gone on to great acclaim. Medina so tenderly and appropriately addresses the challenges of having a family member with Alzheimer's Disease. And as someone who has Cuban American family members living in Southern Florida, I can attest to its authenticity! ( )
Merci Suarez changes gears is about a 6th grader, Merci, who is trying to find her place. She is different than the other kids in her grade because she is there on a scholarship and her family isn't wealthy. She has to overcome the feeling of not belonging and a jealous bully. This book is great because students that are of Latin culture or who are economically disadvantaged can relate to this book. it teaches the kids to not judge anyone from their background and to appreciate cultures.
Note: I received a hardcover copy of this book from the publisher.
Long on heart, lags on plot. I appreciate getting to be part of Merci's life -- extended family, sunshine buddy drama, close relationship with her father and grandfather, love of sports, Florida home. I found the part where her mom refuses to let her try out for soccer heartrending, and the gradual deterioration of Lolo is deeply sad, but I appreciate how she finds ways to cope. This is one of those wonderful/difficult family relationships books, where change is the theme of the year. It's a good read and i enjoyed it, but it's quite a long book (350 pages) and while many things happen, they unfold as daily life unfolds -- slowly, randomly, sometimes quickly.
Wow. Not impressed. My school actually assigned this book for all the gifted middle school classes to read. It was one of the most dragged-out, boring YA books I have ever read. The story-line was not bad, but where was the editor???
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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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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