Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Merci Suarez Can't Dance (Merci Suarez #2) by Meg Medina - ADVISABLE

Merci Suarez Can't Dance (Merci Suarez #2)
by Meg Medina,
372 pages. Candlewick Press, 2021. $18. 



13yo Merci is back for her 7th grade year at Seaward Pines. She and Edna have a truce, but things are not any better between them. For her community service project, she has been assigned to run the school store during lunch with Wilson who is great at math. Between the two of them - Merci has some great business sense, they turn the failing store into a success, but when selling tickets to the dance becomes part of the store responsibilities, Merci has to play nice with Edna, who has also started hanging around with Merci's friends. 

So funny - I love Medina's writing, she really knows the mind of the 7th grader and the kind of drama that goes on in their lives. Merci has a lot going on, besides her feud with Edna, she has friend trouble, she thinks she might like Wilson, and her Aunt is dating one of her dad's employees - yuck! I'll recommend this as a pair - readers will want to go right from Merci Suarez Changes Gears to Merci Suarez Can't Dance.

Lisa Librarian

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