Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, Merci Suárez Changes Gears tells the story of a Hispanic sixth-grade girl who attends a private school on scholarship. She struggles to fit in, as her family and home situation are much different from most of the other kids at her school. In this coming-of-age story, Merci faces a bully, deals with scary and disappointing news about a close relative, and learns to appreciate her family background
Out Take on Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Merci Suárez Changes Gears can help preteen readers know they’re not alone during the confusing preteen years. Merci and her friends are also trying to figure out who they are and trying to fit in. Readers will laugh, cry, and learn along with Merci. They’ll find positive examples of how to respond to bullies, and they’ll learn to be brave in changing situations. They may even learn something new about a subculture in America through Merci’s family. We recommend the book for middle readers.
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