Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

October 1, 2020 (by Tara Repucci)

I cannot possibly extol the virtues of Elizabeth Acevedo enough. With Fire on High was one of my favorite reading experiences of the summer, and I was just as enthralled with her novel-in-verse Clap When You Land. It’s about two half sisters in high school. One lives in the Dominican Republic, and one lives in New York. Both only learn about each other when their father dies in a plane crash. Read this when you are in the mood for a story told in a poetic voice about family, love, secrets, longing and grief. It is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson meets Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.

Best paired with a big pot of sancocho with seasoned and stewed goat. XO, Tara

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