30: Merci Suárez Changes Gears


In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina! We also share some book news and listener feedback! So grab a cup of tea and get cozy as you listen to our discussion of this heartwarming book!

Book News (1:23)

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

The Crossover Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile 

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo 

Raymie Nightingale Three-Book Collection (October 22)

Quiz! Are You a Raymie, a Louisiana, or a Beverly? 

Just in Case You Want to Fly by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson

The Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn (March 2020)

Friend or Fiction by Abby Cooper

Charlotte’s Web audio book coming October 29, 2019!

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum by Dr. Seuss and Andrew Joyner

Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser

Anderson’s Bookshop

National Novel Writing Month!

Social Media Questions (21:23)

If you could meet any living author in person, who would it be? 

What do you do if you come across a word you don’t know while you’re reading? Do you look it up or just carry on? 

Book Discussion (26:10)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Meg Medina Wiki



Hispanic Heritage Month

2019 Newbery Honor Books (45:03)

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

Our Next book! (45:48)

Lauren’s Pick

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List of Newbery Medal Books

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