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Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

August 12, 2019

 

 

A book blog cannot exist without highlighting the book that won the 2019 Newberry Award!

 

Luckily, I have read this year's award-winning novel, and I am so excited to share with you today Meg Medina's book titled Merci Suarez Changes Gears.

 

Merci is a smart, strong sixth grader that has a loving and supportive family behind her. In their three little house area, that they sweetly refer to as Las Casitas, the Suarez family remains close and in constant contact.

 

As Merci tries to navigate growing up and fitting into her private school world, the pull of her family’s love and dedication always remains close behind her. They have never had much in terms of money, but it terms of compassion and love, the Suarez family is overflowing.

 

It doesn’t take love for Merci to notice that something seems to be going on. Beyond just the typical school drama that all teens face, Merci cannot seem to help notice that her grandfather, Lolo, is acting strange.

 

Lolo is stumbling a lot and he seems to be forgetting names and places all the time. Deep down, Merci knows something is wrong with her grandfather and she cannot shake that whatever it maybe is likely not good at all.

 

None of the adults are willing to give Merci the whole story, so she decides it is up to herself to figure out what is up with Lolo. It is through the courage and love of Merci she displays that others in her family seem to wake up to the reality around them.

 

As Merci journeys to find answers about Lolo, she becomes the acting force that her whole family needed to accept and deal with the inevitable family crisis they all have been desperately trying to avoid.

 

Merci Suarez Changes Gears is a novel that anyone in your family would adore. It is a story of the love and relationships that exist between generations within a family.

 

This novel tells about the struggles that all families must endure, and it encourages for our families to draw into themselves as they face the health crises of those they love the most.  

 

 

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