Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Merci Suarez Changes Gears



Middle school. A time of growing pains, annoying boys, mean girls, and embarrassing family! Merci, along with her parents and older brother (with whom she shares a room), lives in close proximity to her grandparents, her aunt, and her twin cousins. Family connection is very important to the Suarez clan and everyone helps one another out. Merci babysits her twin cousins and she also helps her dad and grandfather with the family painting business.

Merci has been assigned a "buddy" at the start of the school year. Kids get paired up with new students to help make them feel welcome and show them the ropes. The only problem is that Merci is assigned a BOY.  How does one reach out to a boy without people thinking you like him?  Or making other girls jealous who may have a crush on him.  Nothing is going to be easy this year!

As if school is not crazy enough, Merci has been worrying about her grandfather Lolo. He gets confused and has been having a lot of accidents (some that Merci is keeping a secret from her parents). And she doesn't know why popular Edna has all of a sudden started ignoring her and then being downright mean.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears is a great middle school read. I love the model of a strong family. Merci's life is not perfect by any means but she learns that she can count on them to help her through all the changing gears of life.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Merci Suarez Changes Gears from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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