Clap When You LandBook - 2020
From Library Staff
Written in verse, this novel tells the story of Camino, who is Dominican, and Yahaira, who is American. They lose their father on the same day, and find out that he was keeping secrets.
PimaLib_SamR Dec 29, 2020
Dominican Republic and New York
PimaLib_RavenousReaders Nov 25, 2020
Novel written in verse by award winning author Elizabeth Acevedo, about two girls who find out they are half sisters after their father dies in an airplane crash.--YA novel recommended by Dr. Luc Ingbach
PimaLib_LoisM Sep 09, 2020
This lyrical book written in verse alternates between the perspectives of sisters Camino and Yahaira Rios. Early on in the book, their father is killed in a plane crash when he is flying to the Dominican Republic for his annual trip home from New York City. The sisters do not even know of each... Read More »
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"But me, I know a man can have many faces & speak out of
both sides of his mouth; I know a man can make decisions
based on the flip of a coin;
a man can be real good at long division,
give away piece after piece after piece of himself.”
"If you asked me what I was,
& you meant in terms of culture,
I’d say Dominican.
no question about it.
Can you be from a place
you have never been?
You can find the island stamped all over me,
but what would the island find if I was there?
Can you claim a home that does not know you,
much less claim you as its own?”
"To walk in this world you must be kind but also fierce." p 257
"I will not stand still while the world makes my choices." p 253
"If tension is a winged monster, / it's cast its feathers / on the roof of my house." p 238
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A novel-in-verse that speaks to the themes of love, loss, change, and the difficult nature of forgiveness. A compelling, page turning novel told from the perspectives of Camino and Yahaira, who are half-sisters who have never met, nor known of each other’s existence. Living in the Dominican Republic, with her aunt, Camino has dreams of becoming a doctor; In New York, living with her parents, Yahaira struggles with identity and defining her relationship with Dre. Following the unexpected and tragic death of their father, each girl struggles to navigate their new reality in which their father is gone, and their lives are forever changed.
Beautifully and lyrically told, Acevedo’s novel is filled with richly detailed settings and a strong sense of place. Supported by a well-developed cast of characters, the reader is immediately drawn into the lives and relationships that surround Camino and Yahaira. An engaging read that is filled with warmth and hope in the midst of darkness.
This novel will appeal to those who have enjoyed Acevedo’s previous novels Poet X and With the Fire on High, #ownvoices novels, as well as fiction written in multiple perspectives.
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