Meg Medina and Liz Garton Scanlon discussing Merci Suárez Plays It Cool and Lolo’s Light in conversation with Jana DeCristofara of the Dougy Center for Grief

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 6:00pm
Virtual Event

Meg Medina and Liz Garton Scanlon discussing Merci Suárez Plays It Cool and Lolo’s Light in conversation with Jana DeCristofara of the Dougy Center for Grief

Wednesday, November 9 at 6pm ET

Location: Virtual Event

Join us for Meg Medina and Liz Garton Scanlon discussing Merci Suárez Plays It Cool and Lolo’s Light in conversation with Jana DeCristofara of the Dougy Center for Grief. RSVP below to receive a link to attend this virtual event.

Merci Suárez Plays It Cool by Meg Medina

In a satisfying finale to her trilogy, Newbery Medalist Meg Medina follows Merci Suárez into an eighth-grade year full of changes — evolving friendships, new responsibilities, and heartbreaking loss.

For Merci Suárez, eighth grade means a new haircut, nighttime football games, and an out-of-town overnight field trip. At home, it means more chores and keeping an eye on Lolo as his health worsens. It’s a year filled with more responsibility and independence, but also with opportunities to reinvent herself. Merci has always been fine with not being one of the popular kids like Avery Sanders, who will probably be the soccer captain and is always traveling to fun places and buying new clothes. But then Avery starts talking to Merci more, and not just as a teammate. Does this mean they’re friends? Merci wants to play it cool, but with Edna always in her business, it’s only a matter of time before Merci has to decide where her loyalty stands. Whether Merci is facing school drama or changing family dynamics, readers will empathize as she discovers who she can count on — and what can change in an instant — in Meg Medina’s heartfelt conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Newbery Medal-winning novel.

 

Meg Medina is the author of the Newbery Medal winner and Kirkus Prize finalist Merci Suárez Changes Gears and its sequel, Merci Suárez Can’t Dance, as well as several award-winning young adult novels and picture books. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Meg Medina lives in Richmond, Virginia.

 

 

Lolo’s Light by Liz Garton Scanlon

This is a truth about growing up: Once in your life, sometime after your first memory but before you can drive a car, something is going to happen to you that doesn't happen to anyone else you know. It might be something good. It might be something bad, or special, or funny, or shocking. For Millie, it's something really sad. Lolo, her neighbors' infant daughter, dies unexpectedly, suddenly, inexplicably, on the night Millie babysits. It's not Millie's fault. There's nothing she could have done. And there's nothing she can do now. So how does she go on? She does what you'll do. She finds her way.

This poignant and profound coming-of-age story portrays a tragic experience of responsibility and its poisonous flip side: guilt. Emotional and important, this is an honest and empathetic portrait of a girl at her most vulnerable — a mess of grief, love, and ultimately, acceptance — who must reckon with those most difficult of demons: death . . . and life.

 

Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee; her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer; and many other picture books. Liz is current faculty co-chair of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program, and is a frequent and popular presenter at schools, libraries, and conferences. She lives  in Austin, Texas.

 

 

Jana DeCristofaro, LCSW, is the Community Response Program Coordinator at Dougy Center, and is the host and producer of Grief Out Loud, Dougy Center’s podcast, which features interviews with other professionals in the grief world and those with lived experience of grief. She has also facilitated community responses for schools and community organizations after a death.

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