Merci Suárez Changes Gears: Merci Suárez, Book 1

Book review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Upbeat coming-of-age story explores culture, class, aging.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

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