Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

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 Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in...

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Title:Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Author:Meg Medina
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:076369049X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:355 pages pages

Merci Suárez Changes Gears Reviews

  • Becky
    Feb 08, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

  • Jennifer
    Feb 20, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

    There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended ...

    Not disappointed at all. A very deserving Newbery champion. ...

    Well deserving of the Newbery Medal. This tells the story of Merci, a six grader living in Florida and attending a prestigious private school on scholarship. She lives with her intergenerational family and navigates friendship, a bully, changing dynamics of boys and girls, family respo...

    I am really glad that I read this book. I loved Medina's YA novels, especially her disco fever book Burn, Baby Burn. The cover just make the book look too "sweet" for me. And although the book was sweet, it is well-written and speaks to issues most middle school students take on--Merci...

    Totally worthy of the award! Merci Suarez is a 6th grade scholarship student at an elite school. She constantly has to prove that she deserves to be there, while navigating friendship or "friendship" with other kids at school. The popular girl in school who is sometimes "friends" wi...

    4.5 really. I was really rooting for Merci! ...

    Medina really captures the friendship perils of middle school and the messiness of family relationships. Merci and Lolo's relationship was heartwarming and heartbreaking as she begins to understand his Alzheimer's diagnosis. All of these characters could walk off the page and live and ...

  • Jessica
    Apr 01, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

  • Monica Edinger
    Apr 26, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

  • Sam Bloom
    Jan 29, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

  • Lori
    Aug 30, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

  • Edie
    Jun 01, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

  • DaNae
    Dec 21, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

  • Shenwei
    Jul 08, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

  • Katelyn Patterson
    Feb 24, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

    There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended ...

    Not disappointed at all. A very deserving Newbery champion. ...

    Well deserving of the Newbery Medal. This tells the story of Merci, a six grader living in Florida and attending a prestigious private school on scholarship. She lives with her intergenerational family and navigates friendship, a bully, changing dynamics of boys and girls, family respo...

    I am really glad that I read this book. I loved Medina's YA novels, especially her disco fever book Burn, Baby Burn. The cover just make the book look too "sweet" for me. And although the book was sweet, it is well-written and speaks to issues most middle school students take on--Merci...

    Totally worthy of the award! Merci Suarez is a 6th grade scholarship student at an elite school. She constantly has to prove that she deserves to be there, while navigating friendship or "friendship" with other kids at school. The popular girl in school who is sometimes "friends" wi...

    4.5 really. I was really rooting for Merci! ...

  • Benji Martin
    Feb 11, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

    There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended ...

    Not disappointed at all. A very deserving Newbery champion. ...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Feb 19, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

  • The Reading Countess
    Feb 06, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    Feb 03, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

  • Laura
    Sep 11, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

    There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended ...

  • Ms. Kelly
    Feb 15, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

    There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended ...

    Not disappointed at all. A very deserving Newbery champion. ...

    Well deserving of the Newbery Medal. This tells the story of Merci, a six grader living in Florida and attending a prestigious private school on scholarship. She lives with her intergenerational family and navigates friendship, a bully, changing dynamics of boys and girls, family respo...

    I am really glad that I read this book. I loved Medina's YA novels, especially her disco fever book Burn, Baby Burn. The cover just make the book look too "sweet" for me. And although the book was sweet, it is well-written and speaks to issues most middle school students take on--Merci...

    Totally worthy of the award! Merci Suarez is a 6th grade scholarship student at an elite school. She constantly has to prove that she deserves to be there, while navigating friendship or "friendship" with other kids at school. The popular girl in school who is sometimes "friends" wi...

  • Barb Middleton
    Feb 19, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

    There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended ...

    Not disappointed at all. A very deserving Newbery champion. ...

    Well deserving of the Newbery Medal. This tells the story of Merci, a six grader living in Florida and attending a prestigious private school on scholarship. She lives with her intergenerational family and navigates friendship, a bully, changing dynamics of boys and girls, family respo...

    I am really glad that I read this book. I loved Medina's YA novels, especially her disco fever book Burn, Baby Burn. The cover just make the book look too "sweet" for me. And although the book was sweet, it is well-written and speaks to issues most middle school students take on--Merci...

    Totally worthy of the award! Merci Suarez is a 6th grade scholarship student at an elite school. She constantly has to prove that she deserves to be there, while navigating friendship or "friendship" with other kids at school. The popular girl in school who is sometimes "friends" wi...

    4.5 really. I was really rooting for Merci! ...

    Medina really captures the friendship perils of middle school and the messiness of family relationships. Merci and Lolo's relationship was heartwarming and heartbreaking as she begins to understand his Alzheimer's diagnosis. All of these characters could walk off the page and live and ...

    Merci is going to a private school on scholarship and has to deal with her grandfather's memory loss. There are many themes for discussion in this well-written book. ...

  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Sep 06, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

  • steph
    Feb 10, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

  • Sherry Guice
    Mar 19, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

    There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended ...

    Not disappointed at all. A very deserving Newbery champion. ...

    Well deserving of the Newbery Medal. This tells the story of Merci, a six grader living in Florida and attending a prestigious private school on scholarship. She lives with her intergenerational family and navigates friendship, a bully, changing dynamics of boys and girls, family respo...

    I am really glad that I read this book. I loved Medina's YA novels, especially her disco fever book Burn, Baby Burn. The cover just make the book look too "sweet" for me. And although the book was sweet, it is well-written and speaks to issues most middle school students take on--Merci...

  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Mar 13, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

  • Phil Jensen
    Jan 28, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    Feb 07, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

    There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended ...

    Not disappointed at all. A very deserving Newbery champion. ...

    Well deserving of the Newbery Medal. This tells the story of Merci, a six grader living in Florida and attending a prestigious private school on scholarship. She lives with her intergenerational family and navigates friendship, a bully, changing dynamics of boys and girls, family respo...

    I am really glad that I read this book. I loved Medina's YA novels, especially her disco fever book Burn, Baby Burn. The cover just make the book look too "sweet" for me. And although the book was sweet, it is well-written and speaks to issues most middle school students take on--Merci...

    Totally worthy of the award! Merci Suarez is a 6th grade scholarship student at an elite school. She constantly has to prove that she deserves to be there, while navigating friendship or "friendship" with other kids at school. The popular girl in school who is sometimes "friends" wi...

    4.5 really. I was really rooting for Merci! ...

    Medina really captures the friendship perils of middle school and the messiness of family relationships. Merci and Lolo's relationship was heartwarming and heartbreaking as she begins to understand his Alzheimer's diagnosis. All of these characters could walk off the page and live and ...

    Merci is going to a private school on scholarship and has to deal with her grandfather's memory loss. There are many themes for discussion in this well-written book. ...

    4.5 stars Oh, I love an occasional middle grade read! While reading Merci Suarez Changes Gears I was transported back to the angst of middle school where we all learn that ?popular is not the same as having friends at all.? The premise of this heartwarming and engaging story is ...

  • Leonard Kim
    Feb 11, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

  • Erin
    Sep 26, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

  • Wendi Lee
    Aug 15, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

  • Tamara York
    Apr 24, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

    I loved every minute of my time with Merci and her family a large loving multi-generational family facing the changes in Merci's beloved Lolo, the person in the family who seems to understand her the most. Merci and her brother are the scholarship kids at their private school and she o...

    I had never heard of this book when it won the Newbery, and asking a friend who works at a bookstore about it, she admitted that none of them had heard of it either! I planned to read it, of course, and mentioning to another friend (a school librarian) that I had just gotten it from th...

    Merci hates change, but sixth grade means other kids are starting to act differently (why are the girls giggling around the boys). She?s paired with a new boy in the Sunshine Club, which gives mean girl Edna ammunition to tease Merci relentlessly. And then there?s Merci?s grandfa...

    Captures the essence of middle school perfectly: the troubles of fitting in among, the frustration of butting heads with your parents, puberty and the confusing aspects of people around you developing crushes and acting weird. It also tackles classism and the experience of being poor i...

    Merci attends a private school by doing "community service." Her friend is jealous of her assignment since Merci is assigned to help the friend's "crush." At the same time, Merci's grandfather Lolo, to whom she is quite close, is declining rapidly due to Alzheimer's Disease, and Merci ...

    SUCH a great book. Well-deserving of the recent Newbery! ...

    Listen, people. I?m as big of a fan of shouting SURPRISE! at a party as the next person, but the next time we announce the Newbery, can someone PLEASE put the winner on my radar beforehand? I mean, I like to look like I can pick a winner and that I like to read books for middle grade...

    Mercedes (Merci) Surez lives in Las Casitas with her parents and older brother, Roli, her Tia Ines, her five-year-old twin cousins, and her grandparents. She attends a private school on scholarship, making her something of an outsider with her peers, a problem which is compounded whe...

    Eleven-year-old Cuban American Merci Surez lives in the Palm Beach area of Florida with her parents, and her very smart brother Roli, 17. Right next to them live their Abuela and Abuelo, called Lolo, and right next to them lives Tia Inz, with her young twins, Axel and Toms. The t...

    This is likable. I hope I will be forgiven this rating, as I am not really being contrarian with respect to the Newbery. I didn't like the stereotypical characterizations of several secondary characters: Roli above all, but also characters like Edna, Miss McDaniels, and Ms. Tannenbaum....

    Merci is what I know of sixth graders: Self-interested, generous, loud, tongue-tied, confidant and insecure. Throw in a loving and aggravating family, that spills back and forth between the three casitas, and you get a marvelous jumble of strong personalities that sometimes hinder, but...

    Lovely spot-on middle grade featuring a close extended Cuban-American family, a realistic middle school, and a warm story. Merci is a delightful character to spend time with along with her friends and family. ...

    This book has been on my radar for awhile. In fact I even checked it out a few months ago and then returned it to the library unread, three weeks later because I never got around to reading it. But when I heard it won the 2019 Newberry Award, I knew I had to make more of an effort to r...

    I love it...a middle grade novel with central characters who are deeply Hispanic. Merci Surez is struggling to fit in at her exclusive private school, taking care of her two rowdy nephews after school to help out her aunt, and trying to save money to buy a new bike. It's all the ...

    First sentence: To think, only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I'm here in Mr. Patchett's class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over. Premise/plot: M...

    There is something about middle school books and mean girls that just go together. And this book is no exception. But Merci is more than just another protagonist, fighting the good fight against the mean girls of the world. She is also a Cuban-American, who is living with her extended ...

    Not disappointed at all. A very deserving Newbery champion. ...

    Well deserving of the Newbery Medal. This tells the story of Merci, a six grader living in Florida and attending a prestigious private school on scholarship. She lives with her intergenerational family and navigates friendship, a bully, changing dynamics of boys and girls, family respo...

  • Juli
    Oct 01, 2018

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...

    2019 Newbery Winner - not going to review for real because it already won the Newbery, so I don't think my personal feelings about it are all that relevant! I will say, however, that it's the first Newbery title that I've highly enjoyed in a long time, so there's that. As for kids, the...

    This is really two books. The first book is the story of a sixth grader whose feelings are mildly bruised because the popular girls don't pay enough attention to her. This is a familiar formula. While Medina executes it with more grace than, say, R.J. Palacio, the thing that she mis...

    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...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Mar 01, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

  • Sam
    Feb 12, 2019

    This book is heartwarming and bittersweet with a sugar-dusting of humor. Medina captures all the awkwardness and unexpected changes of life in the sixth grade, and she pairs that with a convincing portrayal of Merci Surez's beloved grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. L...

    3.5 stars roundup A middle grade novel with plenty of heart, Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the kind of novel that young readers with large extended family will gravitate towards. Heartwarming is not a word I use too often in my reviews, but it is certainly warranted in regards to th...

    I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. HOWEVER, that being said, this book should not have won the Newbery. It was not "distinguished" or "memorable" in any way. It was a nice, quick read and I enjoyed it, but. The Newbery committee can make ...