Kid’s Book Review: Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Kid’s Book Review: Merci Suárez Changes Gears

About the Book and Author

Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, as strong and thoughtful as Merci is, she has never been completely 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. And Merci is left to her own worries, because no one in her family will tell her what’s going on

Meg Medina is the current National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. She is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author who writes picture books, as well as middle grade and young adult fiction.

Book Review

I learnt about dementia

I really enjoyed this book but it was a little bit confusing at first with some of the words using the American language but once I restarted it, it made more sense.

My favourite character was Merci because she was kind to the people that were unkind to her and that shows just because someone doesn’t like you, you should not be unkind to them!

I also like her because she is lovely to her family even if they kept a huge secret from her and their family doesn’t keep secrets. I learnt about dementia and that some elderly people’s brains do not work properly so it makes them do unusual things.

I had never heard of dementia before so it has given me an empathy for those who are struggling with it now and understanding if any of my friends’ grandparents suffer from this illness. I didn’t like Merci’s brother because he was always moody!

I would recommend this book for children who are confident readers from 9+.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Lilyana
  • Age: 9 years
  • Likes: Swimming, reading and kindness
  • Dislikes: unkindness and mushrooms
  • Favourite Book: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf
  • Favourite Song: Haus of Holbein by SiX
  • Favourite Movie: Descendants 3