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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 brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately - forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school - and the steadfast connection that defines family.



About the Author

Meg Medina

Meg Medina writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is a two-time winner of the Pura Belpré award: in 2015 (honor) for her picture book, MANGO, ABUELA AND ME, and in 2014 (fiction medal) for her young adult novel, YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS. She is also the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner for her picture book TIA ISA WANTS A CAR. Her 2016 novel, BURN BABY BURN, was a NAIBA YA Book of the Year, a finalist for both the Kirkus Prize and the Los Angeles Book Prize, and long-listed for the National Book Award.
Meg's other books are THE GIRL WHO COULD SILENCE THE WIND, and MILAGROS: GIRL FROM AWAY.

Meg's work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people, and her stories speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and to the qualities that are universal. When she's not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.



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