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Clap When You Land

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Moving novel in verse about grief, family, and forgiveness.

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Elizabeth Acevedo's moving novel in verse powerfully explores grief, complicated family relationships, and forgiveness, making it a must-read for teens. Some readers might not be familiar with or remember the American Airlines flight 587 tragedy, but Acevedo's story reflects the pain, anguish, and heartbreak that was felt throughout the Dominican community. Clap When You Land brilliantly alternates between the girls' perspectives and with such distinct voices that by the time the girls are together in the Dominican Republic, there's no longer a need to label each chapter other than by the number of days since Papi's tragic death.

Acevedo delicately handles tough topics such as the loss of a parent and sexual assault, and her deliberate placement of words on the page emphasizes Camino's and Yahaira's emotions. As the girls unravel Papi's secrets, teens will see the importance of communication, compassion, and empathy.

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