Clap When You Land

Clap When You Land

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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.
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books 2020
ISBN: 9780062882769
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 304 p.


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SJPL_JessL Mar 18, 2020

Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo’s third book, is the story, told in verse, of Camino and Yahaira. Two young women and their families, though, miles apart at first, one the Dominican Republic and the other in New York City, are tied together after a plane crash that claims their father. The story interweaves their grief, family history, family drama, and the realization that nothing will be the same without their dad.

Acevedo returns to verse for this story, but it do not feel quite as poetic as her previous tales. There is beat and momentum to her choice of words and use of structure on the printed page, but it isn’t quite as magical as her previous works. Overall the story is still moving and the emotions of Camino and Yahaira are real and their grief cuts deep. Locations and people are diverse, including cultural diversity and an LGBTQ+ couple. Overall, it was a great read and recommend for older teens.

Content warnings (small spoiler): language, attempted sexual assault, references to prostitution, and teen pregnancy.


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SJPL_JessL Mar 18, 2020

SJPL_JessL thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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