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Merci Suárez Changes Gears af Meg Medina
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Merci Suárez Changes Gears (original 2018; udgave 2020)

af Meg Medina (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
Medlem:brytniewheeler
Titel:Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Forfattere:Meg Medina (Forfatter)
Info:Candlewick (2020), 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:***
Nøgleord:newbery winner, realistic fiction, hispanic culture

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears af Meg Medina (2018)

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I read Merci Suarez Changes Gears because I received the next book in the series (Merci Suarez Can't Dance) as an advance edition for a LibraryThing Early Reviewer. Before I retired in 2019, I used to try to read all the Newbery Medalists and Honor Books. This book won that medal - for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" - that same year.

Mercedes "Merci" Suarez is a sixth-grade girl living with her Cuban-American extended family in a group of homes in an unspecified city in South Florida. She attends a private school as a scholarship student, along with her brilliant high school senior Roli (Rolando), with whom she shares a bedroom at home. Their parents, grandparents, aunt and five-year-old twin boy cousins make up the rest of the family.

Merci has to deal with troubles at school and at home. Interestingly, her most troublesome classmate is another Latinx, albeit wealthy, girl. At home, her beloved grandfather "Lolo" is becoming forgetful and irritable - and no one will tell her what's going on. Her family obligations, and the requirement that she perform additional community service as a condition of her scholarship, preclude Merci from trying out for the school's girls soccer team.

I love how Merci is not perfect - she makes lots of mistakes, and has to deal with the consequences. I also loved the interactions in her close-knit family, and how they help her take things in stride. A heartwarming and appealing book by Meg Medina. ( )
  rdg301library | Mar 29, 2021 |
Initially I thought this got off to kind of a slow start, but at a certain point it became apparent that those earlier less eventful chapters were necessary for the story the book is ultimately telling to show how much change Merci experiences, how much her everyday normal life is affected by an illness in her family.

One of my favorite things about this book is that family does play a significant role. Merci has her moments of feeling resentful or ashamed of her family like we all do growing up, but there’s so much warmth there, too, and I just really liked seeing the different generations, different dynamics interacting.

I also enjoyed that Merci is such an imperfect kid, she gets herself into plenty of scrapes over the course of the novel but she’s never without a conscience or a heart. And her fear, her frustration, the lashing out, the embarrassment, all of those emotions connected to her grandfather’s condition, they felt very true to life, readers of any age experiencing a similarly difficult situation will identify with plenty of what Merci feels.

Merci’s troubles with a mean girl weren’t quite as compelling to me as her home life, I think in part because you encounter the mean girl thing in a lot of books it just at times felt a little too familiar, but ultimately I liked how that wrapped up and loved that it eventually led Merci to a couple of genuine friendships which combined with that strong sense of family really helped the book reach a feel good place in the end. ( )
  SJGirl | Mar 15, 2021 |
Sixth grade is a tough year for every child. As a scholarship student at an expensive academy, it's even tougher for Merci Suarez. Not only does she have to learn to endure middle school where she doesn't always feel she fits in with her classmates, but she also has to start growing up and facing changes. Not just changes in herself, but changes in her family as well. Her brother is getting ready to leave for college and her grandfather is showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. It's a time of change and lessons to learn. Merci Suarez faces them with strength and intelligence.

I'm really impressed by the selection of children's books published by Candlewick Press. Every book I have read has just been outstanding! Merci Suarez Changes Gears touches on some major topics for middle school girls -- the end of childhood, growing up, taking more responsibility, seeing grandparents age, the pain of older siblings leaving home, learning to love and care for smaller children in the family, and just the joys and stress of living with extended family. This book is heart-felt, emotional and completely awesome! Merci learns to think of others and grows up a bit, while learning to live in her own skin and love the person she is. Wonderful story!

Meg Medina has written several books for the YA and middle grade audience. I will definitely be reading more by this author!

**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Candlewick Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Mercedes "Merci" Suárez, is a sixth grade student at a private school in Florida. The novel discusses her struggles at school and at home. This book is very relatable to junior high students as they too are going through many difficult changes in their life such as family, love, self identity, reputation, and friends. This book was awarded the Newbery medal in 2019. ( )
  brytniewheeler | Nov 18, 2020 |
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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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