Clap When You Land
By Elizabeth Acevedo
The stunning new novel in verse from the 2019 Carnegie Medal winning author of THE POET X
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.Tweet
A beautiful book!
I was lucky enough to be given a manuscript of Clap When You Land and was engrossed from the outset. The dual narrative creating the gentle forming of new relationships makes this novel an absolute stunner. Reflecting on the real life tragedy of American Airlines flight 587, the novel deals with grief, loss, disparity of opportunity and the convergence of two cultures. A stunning read!