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Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
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  • Published in USA  May 2020
    432 pages
    Genre: Novels

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In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, 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.

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"Returning to verse, Acevedo subtly, skillfully uses language and rhythm to give voice to the sisters' grief, anger, and uncertainty...Raw and emotional, [her] exploration of loss packs an effective double punch, unraveling the aftermath of losing a parent alongside the realities of familial inheritance." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Acevedo balances the two perspectives with ease, contrasting the girls' environments and upbringings...Every line is laced with betrayal and longing as the teens struggle with loving someone despite his imperfections. A standing ovation." - Kirkus Reviews

"Acevedo's free verse poems for each girl share an easy cadence and thoughtfulness, yet each girl's perspective is clear...Memorable for its treatment of grief, depiction of family ties, and lyrical strength, expect a well-deserved high demand." - Booklist

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Elizabeth Acevedo Author Biography

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Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC.

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