• Mr. Richards' 2019 Summer Reading Pick
    Merci Suárez Changes Gears 
    written by Meg Medina, published by Candlewick Press


    Image of book cover, Merci Suarez Changes Gears

    Using humor and grace, Merci, a charming and plucky protagonist, cycles through life’s challenges with the support of her intergenerational 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.