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Clap When You Land

By: Elizabeth Acevedo

Camino Rios lives for the summers, when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this year, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

ISBN: 9780062882769

JLG Release: Jul 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape
Topics: Death , Fathers and daughters , Secrets , Sisters , Dominican Americans , Dominican Republic , New York City

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Awards & Honors

Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Honor Book

Praise & Reviews

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School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

A deadly plane crash brings secrets to light and families together in this novel told in verse. Camino lives in the Dominican Republic where she spends her days swimming and serving as an apprentice to her aunt, a healer, as she makes house calls. Yahaira is a chess champ and lives in New York with her parents and next door to her girlfriend. Alter A deadly plane crash brings secrets to light and families together in this novel told in verse. Camino lives in the Dominican Republic where she spends her days swimming and serving as an apprentice to her aunt, a healer, as she makes house calls. Yahaira is a chess champ and lives in New York with her parents and next door to her girlfriend. Alternating between Camino and Yahaira’s perspectives, the story explores the grief of losing a loved one while discovering sisterhood. As details of the plane crash are revealed and arrangements are made for a funeral, Camino and Yahaira realize they are grieving for the same beloved father. Lush imagery and masterful characterization give readers a look at the lives of two 16-year-old girls whose worlds couldn’t be further apart, but who long for connection in the face of life-altering tragedy. When the girls come face to face on Camino’s home turf their bonds of sisterhood are developed and tested; in an intense standoff with a shady character, Yahaira may be the only person who can help Camino escape with her life. Crisp verse depicts heartbreak and bravery, while expert pacing culminates in a lyrical achievement in storytelling that is highly recommended.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062882769

First Release

July 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

432

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Harper Teen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape

Topics

Death, Fathers and daughters, Secrets, Sisters, Dominican Americans, Dominican Republic, New York City,

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