Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Newbury Award – 2019 Medal Winner

Merci Suárez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina, published by Candlewick Press.

Using humor and grace, Merci, a charming and plucky protagonist, cycles through life’s challenges with the support of her inter-generational family. This richly nuanced novel tackles the complexity of navigating a multicultural identity amidst changing family dynamics. 

“Meg Medina’s warm and honest novel masterfully depicts one Cuban-American family’s life with authenticity and empathy,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Ellen M. Riordan.