Merci Suaréz Changes Gears

Meg Medina • Conflict

The Arrow is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels yourself). It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

This guide contains the following features:

  • 4 Passages (one per week) for copywork/dictation
  • Notes about punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and literary elements
  • 3 Grammar lessons
  • Literary element: Conflict
  • Writing activity: Conflict
  • 9 discussion questions
  • Book Club Party ideas
  • 50 pages
  • Publication Date: October 2019

About the book

Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal.

Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suaréz navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.

Merci Suaréz 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.—Amazon

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