POSTPONED - VIRTUAL: Meg Medina in conversation with Sarah Marie Jette in support of Read It Forward

This event has been postponed. New date TBD.

Please join us for a great conversation with Newbery award-winning author Meg Medina, and local author and teacher, Sarah Marie Jette!

This conversation will be held on Zoom. Register here. Please consider donating to Read It Forward when you register.

About Merci Suárez Changes Gears:

“The realistic portrayal of a complex young Latina’s life is one many readers will relate to. . . . Medina cruises into readers’ hearts.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

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. 

Meg Medina is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author who writes picture books, as well as middle grade and young adult fiction. Her works have been called “heartbreaking,” “lyrical” and “must haves for every collection.” When she’s not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth, and/or literacy. She serves on the National Board of Advisors for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is a faculty member of Hamline University’s Masters of Fine Arts in Children’s Literature. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

Merci Suárez Changes Gears is part of Belmont Books’ Read It Forward book donation program, which provides new books to families in need through school and community programs in Belmont, Arlington, Watertown, and Waltham. Many thanks to Somerville-based Candlewick Press for its support.

About What the WInd Can Tell You:

Isabelle is fascinated by wind. And this year, she's determined to win the middle school science fair with her wind machine. She's just as determined to have her brother, Julian, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and is confined to a wheelchair, serve as her assistant. But after Julian has a grand seizure, everything changes. Isabelle is suddenly granted entry into Las Brisas, a magical world where Julian's physical limitations disappear, and one, she discovers, that he visits every night. The more Isabelle explores Las Brisas, the more possibilities she sees--for Julian, and for herself--and the more she finds herself at odds with her parents. 

Debut author Sarah Marie A. Jette has told, with remarkable insight and humor, a powerful story of a family struggling to love without fear.

Sarah Marie A. Jette grew up in Lewiston, Maine, in a house filled with books. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she served in the Peace Corps in Mongolia, studied rehabilitation counseling, and now has the best job in the world: teaching fourth-graders. Jette lives in Belmont, Massachusetts. What the Wind Can Tell You is her first novel.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781536212587
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

“The realistic portrayal of a complex young Latina’s life is one many readers will relate to. . . . Medina cruises into readers’ hearts.” — School Library Journal (starred review)


What the Wind Can Tell You Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781944762414
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Islandport Press - May 15th, 2018

Isabelle is fascinated by wind. And this year, she's determined to win the middle school science fair with her wind machine. She's just as determined to have her brother, Julian, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and is confined to a wheelchair, serve as her assistant. But after Julian has a grand seizure, everything changes.


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