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:368 pages pages

Merci Suárez Changes Gears Reviews

  • Monica Edinger
    Apr 26, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

    Meg Medina absolutely nails 6th grade! I've loved her teen books so much and she does a terric job here with middle school, bringing us a memorable character in Merci. This one made me laugh and cry, exploring changes in family, friendships, oneself and life in general. A wonderfull...

    So much love for this book. I think a lot of middle grade readers will want to be friends with Merci. ...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears is one of my new favorite middle grade books. It has everything I think is important for all ages: an interesting story, characters you feel deeply about, and issues that affect us all. Having lived in Miami, Florida for almost forty years, I loved being ...

    Do you love a great coming-of-age tale featuring a memorable character who's all too easy to relate to, Esteemed Reader? If so, Merci Surez Changes Gears will truly change the gears of your heart. Did that metaphor work? No? Forget it, let's keep going. Make sure you find your way...

    What a wonderful middle-grade novel! I strongly recommend this to those working with MG and YA readers, and those looking for books with characters of color and/or strong female protagonists, and anyone who loves a good kid?s book about a happy family trying to get through difficult ...

    ?What a kid wants is not part of the formula, as usual, not here and not anywhere.? ? Merci Medina has created a beautiful story about a young girl (6th grade) exploring the complexities of relationships, trying to establish for herself and for others who she is or who she is...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina Note: My professional goal for this year is to read 50+ diverse books. As I attempt to read and review these books, I will be answering the following questions for each book: Brief plot summary Merci is a sixth grader in her second year...

    I was really exited about reading this book. My students and I fell in love with Merci back when she was introduced in the short story anthology, FLYING LESSONS. And this book does not disappoint. Meg Medina is one of the best at weaving multiple storylines together. Her attention to d...

    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. ...

  • Chessa
    Aug 30, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

  • Rosemary
    Sep 09, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

  • Lori
    Aug 30, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

  • Lynn
    Nov 29, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

    Meg Medina absolutely nails 6th grade! I've loved her teen books so much and she does a terric job here with middle school, bringing us a memorable character in Merci. This one made me laugh and cry, exploring changes in family, friendships, oneself and life in general. A wonderfull...

  • Shenwei
    Jul 08, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Kelly Hager
    Sep 19, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

  • Yamile Méndez
    Nov 20, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

  • Stefanie
    Nov 26, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

  • Debbie Tanner
    Oct 15, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

  • Sunday Cummins
    Jul 29, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

    Meg Medina absolutely nails 6th grade! I've loved her teen books so much and she does a terric job here with middle school, bringing us a memorable character in Merci. This one made me laugh and cry, exploring changes in family, friendships, oneself and life in general. A wonderfull...

    So much love for this book. I think a lot of middle grade readers will want to be friends with Merci. ...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears is one of my new favorite middle grade books. It has everything I think is important for all ages: an interesting story, characters you feel deeply about, and issues that affect us all. Having lived in Miami, Florida for almost forty years, I loved being ...

    Do you love a great coming-of-age tale featuring a memorable character who's all too easy to relate to, Esteemed Reader? If so, Merci Surez Changes Gears will truly change the gears of your heart. Did that metaphor work? No? Forget it, let's keep going. Make sure you find your way...

    What a wonderful middle-grade novel! I strongly recommend this to those working with MG and YA readers, and those looking for books with characters of color and/or strong female protagonists, and anyone who loves a good kid?s book about a happy family trying to get through difficult ...

    ?What a kid wants is not part of the formula, as usual, not here and not anywhere.? ? Merci Medina has created a beautiful story about a young girl (6th grade) exploring the complexities of relationships, trying to establish for herself and for others who she is or who she is...

  • Kelly Zemaitis
    Jul 29, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

    Meg Medina absolutely nails 6th grade! I've loved her teen books so much and she does a terric job here with middle school, bringing us a memorable character in Merci. This one made me laugh and cry, exploring changes in family, friendships, oneself and life in general. A wonderfull...

    So much love for this book. I think a lot of middle grade readers will want to be friends with Merci. ...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears is one of my new favorite middle grade books. It has everything I think is important for all ages: an interesting story, characters you feel deeply about, and issues that affect us all. Having lived in Miami, Florida for almost forty years, I loved being ...

    Do you love a great coming-of-age tale featuring a memorable character who's all too easy to relate to, Esteemed Reader? If so, Merci Surez Changes Gears will truly change the gears of your heart. Did that metaphor work? No? Forget it, let's keep going. Make sure you find your way...

    What a wonderful middle-grade novel! I strongly recommend this to those working with MG and YA readers, and those looking for books with characters of color and/or strong female protagonists, and anyone who loves a good kid?s book about a happy family trying to get through difficult ...

    ?What a kid wants is not part of the formula, as usual, not here and not anywhere.? ? Merci Medina has created a beautiful story about a young girl (6th grade) exploring the complexities of relationships, trying to establish for herself and for others who she is or who she is...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina Note: My professional goal for this year is to read 50+ diverse books. As I attempt to read and review these books, I will be answering the following questions for each book: Brief plot summary Merci is a sixth grader in her second year...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Jul 17, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

  • Laura
    Sep 11, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

  • Robert Kent
    Oct 19, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

    Meg Medina absolutely nails 6th grade! I've loved her teen books so much and she does a terric job here with middle school, bringing us a memorable character in Merci. This one made me laugh and cry, exploring changes in family, friendships, oneself and life in general. A wonderfull...

    So much love for this book. I think a lot of middle grade readers will want to be friends with Merci. ...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears is one of my new favorite middle grade books. It has everything I think is important for all ages: an interesting story, characters you feel deeply about, and issues that affect us all. Having lived in Miami, Florida for almost forty years, I loved being ...

    Do you love a great coming-of-age tale featuring a memorable character who's all too easy to relate to, Esteemed Reader? If so, Merci Surez Changes Gears will truly change the gears of your heart. Did that metaphor work? No? Forget it, let's keep going. Make sure you find your way...

  • Jana
    Aug 18, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Halli Gomez
    Sep 04, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

    Meg Medina absolutely nails 6th grade! I've loved her teen books so much and she does a terric job here with middle school, bringing us a memorable character in Merci. This one made me laugh and cry, exploring changes in family, friendships, oneself and life in general. A wonderfull...

    So much love for this book. I think a lot of middle grade readers will want to be friends with Merci. ...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears is one of my new favorite middle grade books. It has everything I think is important for all ages: an interesting story, characters you feel deeply about, and issues that affect us all. Having lived in Miami, Florida for almost forty years, I loved being ...

  • Michele Knott
    Sep 30, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

    Meg Medina absolutely nails 6th grade! I've loved her teen books so much and she does a terric job here with middle school, bringing us a memorable character in Merci. This one made me laugh and cry, exploring changes in family, friendships, oneself and life in general. A wonderfull...

    So much love for this book. I think a lot of middle grade readers will want to be friends with Merci. ...

  • Psyche Ready
    Aug 20, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

    Meg Medina absolutely nails 6th grade! I've loved her teen books so much and she does a terric job here with middle school, bringing us a memorable character in Merci. This one made me laugh and cry, exploring changes in family, friendships, oneself and life in general. A wonderfull...

    So much love for this book. I think a lot of middle grade readers will want to be friends with Merci. ...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears is one of my new favorite middle grade books. It has everything I think is important for all ages: an interesting story, characters you feel deeply about, and issues that affect us all. Having lived in Miami, Florida for almost forty years, I loved being ...

    Do you love a great coming-of-age tale featuring a memorable character who's all too easy to relate to, Esteemed Reader? If so, Merci Surez Changes Gears will truly change the gears of your heart. Did that metaphor work? No? Forget it, let's keep going. Make sure you find your way...

    What a wonderful middle-grade novel! I strongly recommend this to those working with MG and YA readers, and those looking for books with characters of color and/or strong female protagonists, and anyone who loves a good kid?s book about a happy family trying to get through difficult ...

  • Virginia McGee Butler
    Sep 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

  • Beth Honeycutt
    Oct 13, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

  • Erin
    Sep 26, 2018

    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...

  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa
    Sep 28, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

  • Wendi Lee
    Aug 15, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Sarina
    Sep 11, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

  • Meira (readingbooksinisrael)
    Aug 26, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

  • Juli
    Oct 01, 2018

    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...

    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...

  • Ernesto Cisneros
    Jun 29, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    I loved Merci Suarez! Meg Medina captures this transitional (middle grade) age so well - we were just playing with the boys last year, why are they suddenly at their own table and girls are...flirting with them, I guess?!? What gives! Medina tackles a lot of big issues here without ove...

    Close to 4.5 stars! I enjoyed getting to know Merci, her family, and friends. I also loved the sprinkling of Spanish throughout the book. ...

    *I received this book as an ARC but all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was a good book. Of course, it's from my self proclaimed favorite contemporary genre: MG; Latine-kid-has-life-changes-something-happens-with-grownup-they-rely-on. My favorite thing was that racism wasn...

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade fiction novel in exchange for this review. This book tells the story of sixth-grader, Merci Suarez, as she navigates the stresses at home and at school. At home, her grandfather keeps acting strangely and forget...

    Merci's life is very family-centric. Part of that is her choice (she loves her family, especially her grandparents) and part of that is the fact that she lives next door to her grandparents and two doors down from her aunt and twin cousins. (They are more than a handful and Merci has t...

    how dare u make me cry :( --- edited review--- Merci Suarez Changes Gears has becomeone of my favorites of the year. I'd never read a book by Meg Medina and after finishing the book I sought to remedy it, so I already have Burn Baby Burn at the ready for later. In this middle gr...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Merci lives next door to her grandparents, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and younger twin cousins. Her father has a house painting company, and she and her older brother Roli go to a fancy private school on scholarship so that they have every opportunity...

    Sixth grade Cuban-American Mercedes ?Merci? Surez lives in South Florida with her family in Las Casitas: three houses, side by side, where Merci lives with her brother, Roli, and their parents; her Abuela and Lolo; and her Ta Inz and her crazy twin 5-year olds, Axel and Tom...

    I read Merci Saurez Changes Gears by Meg Medina with an awareness of her writing commitment to the idea of both windows and mirrors for all children to see someone like themselves in books and to strengthen understanding for readers who come from a different world. She did this beautif...

    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 ...

    I loved, loved, loved, loved this book. I am so honored and glad to have won the ARC in a giveaway, because I?m not sure I would have read it otherwise. Meg Medina had her finger on the pulse of the middle school experience. It?s rare to find a book I felt properly represented ...

    I really enjoyed this story about Merci, who lives with her extended family in Palm Beach County, Florida (my hometown!). She's struggling with middle school (a private one that she attends on scholarship), her friends there (there's a relentless bully), boys, and her family-her big br...

    This book is gorgeous. The real seventh grade drama that pales next to the family drama when a loved one is sick. The longing to be friends with that one person who's toxic and not good for us at all. The bittersweet ending of getting what we want and still knowing we can't have it all...

    Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book! I received it from one of their Book Giveaways. I have been a long time fan of Meg Medina?s writing and was not disappointed with her latest book. Merci Surez Changes Gears is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her place ...

    Meg Medina absolutely nails 6th grade! I've loved her teen books so much and she does a terric job here with middle school, bringing us a memorable character in Merci. This one made me laugh and cry, exploring changes in family, friendships, oneself and life in general. A wonderfull...

    So much love for this book. I think a lot of middle grade readers will want to be friends with Merci. ...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears is one of my new favorite middle grade books. It has everything I think is important for all ages: an interesting story, characters you feel deeply about, and issues that affect us all. Having lived in Miami, Florida for almost forty years, I loved being ...

    Do you love a great coming-of-age tale featuring a memorable character who's all too easy to relate to, Esteemed Reader? If so, Merci Surez Changes Gears will truly change the gears of your heart. Did that metaphor work? No? Forget it, let's keep going. Make sure you find your way...

    What a wonderful middle-grade novel! I strongly recommend this to those working with MG and YA readers, and those looking for books with characters of color and/or strong female protagonists, and anyone who loves a good kid?s book about a happy family trying to get through difficult ...

    ?What a kid wants is not part of the formula, as usual, not here and not anywhere.? ? Merci Medina has created a beautiful story about a young girl (6th grade) exploring the complexities of relationships, trying to establish for herself and for others who she is or who she is...

    Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina Note: My professional goal for this year is to read 50+ diverse books. As I attempt to read and review these books, I will be answering the following questions for each book: Brief plot summary Merci is a sixth grader in her second year...

    I was really exited about reading this book. My students and I fell in love with Merci back when she was introduced in the short story anthology, FLYING LESSONS. And this book does not disappoint. Meg Medina is one of the best at weaving multiple storylines together. Her attention to d...