~First Line Friday~

First Line is my favorite weekly post! Booklovers can share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading, just finished or just randomly grab one off your shelf…💗

This week my Friday First Line is the latest Newbery winner I got a few months back, but I have yet to read.

Here you go…

To think only yesterday I was in chancletas, sipping lemonade and watching my twin cousins run through the sprinkler in the yard. Now, I’m here in Mr. Patchett’s class, sweating in my polyester school blazer and waiting for this torture to be over.

Were only halfway through health and PE when he adjusts his tight collar and says, “Time to go.”

Title: Merci Suarez Changes GearsCFF55579-16E5-4571-A92E-4A176C1048B8

Genre: Middle Grade

Author: Meg Medina

Pub Date: 2018


Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal

Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.

Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been 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. No one in her family will tell Merci what’s going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.


I’d love to hear your thoughts and read your First Line…Even if you don’t have a book your reading right now, grab a book off your shelf and share a first line!

Happy Friday & Happy Reading this weekend!💗 This is the book I’ll be toting around this weekend. what will you be reading?

 I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!


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3 replies »

  1. “There is in us an instinct for newness, for renewal, for a liberation of creative power.” From the book, “The Artist’s Rule” by Christine Valters Paintner… very informative and inspiring!

  2. What you know, I’ve started a new book, so can participate!

    “How on earth could I have let them talk me into it?” The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George.

    As a former bookshop owner, I’m excited to read this. Hope you have a good weekend, Lana.

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