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Author Visit Book Giveaway: Merci Suarez Changes Gears

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Newbery Medal and Pura Belpré Award winning author Meg Medina will be joining the Kenosha Public Library on Zoom at 6:30 PM on Friday, May 21! During this visit, the author will discuss her life, creative process, and books, and will answer audience questions chosen by a moderator.

In preparation for this exciting evening, KPL is giving away 105 copies of her Newbery Medal-winning novel Merci Suárez Changes Gears! Free copies of this novel will be available at each Kenosha Public Library branch and the Bookmobile in limited quantities starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, April 10. The novels will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis, and are limited to one per household. Each book will include a flyer with information on how to join the author visit on Zoom at 6:30 PM on Friday, May 21st.

Please note: Those who receive a giveaway copy of this novel do not also need to register to receive a Zoom link for the live event; a Zoom link will be included on the flyer inside of each book. Conversely, registering for the Zoom event on 5/21/21 does not mean you will get a giveaway copy of the book; registering only means you will attend the Zoom event. 

About Merci Suárez Changes Gears:
"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. Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, this coming-of-age tale by New York Times best-selling author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family."  For ages 8-12.  Source: Penguin Random House