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: New York :, Harper Teen,, [2020]
Characteristics: 417 pages ;,22 cm.


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Ky: A novel in verse, this is a heart-wrenching Young Adult story of two teenagers who lose their father in a plane crash … and find each other as a result. Also available as an eBook.

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LCPL_Krystyna Oct 27, 2020

Acevedo packs a punch with her poetical hand. This is a novel-in-verse, and it is written beautifully. This story addresses an actual event that many people aren't aware of. It focuses on family secrets, grief, and cultural differences.

VaughanPLShelly Sep 29, 2020

I love everything Elizabeth Acevedo has published so far & this latest novel totally lived up to those expectations! I loved the way in which Acevedo was able to create two distinct characters, despite having this novel entirely written in poems. If you've enjoyed her past books or you're looking for a fascinating, quick & engaging read, I highly recommend this one.

Sep 12, 2020

I LOVE ALL OF ELIZABETH ACEVEDO'S BOOKS!!!! This book is different then her other books it has 2 main characters telling you the story from their point of view! I felt every emotion as I was reading it! Its sad, but it is based on a real plane crash that happened before September 11. Love how Elizabeth created this fiction story to show the pain many who lost their loved ones went through and their hidden secrets many found out.

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 other's existence until the funeral. Recently placed as a young adult finalist for the Kirkus Prize in the Young Readers’s category, Clap When You Land explores the themes of love, loss and what makes a family.

RandomLibrarian Jul 18, 2020

Review excerpt: "I adored this book. But it wasn’t always an easy read. It’s a book drowning in grief and desperation, finely wrought and deeply felt, and it’s an understatement to say that at parts it was so good and so sad and so precise in its pain that I was simply made of tears. So fair warning, if your heart can’t handle a story of surviving the unexpected loss of a parent, there’s nothing wrong with finding other, less tear-stained reading experiences."


Gina_Vee Jul 16, 2020

Everything Acevedo touches is gold.

Tigard_HollyCP Jul 02, 2020

In the Dominican Republic, Camino Rios arrives at the airport to pick up her Papi for his annual summer visit only to learn that his plane went down. In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her Mami delivers the same tragic news.

Camino dreams of moving to the US and attending Columbia University to become a doctor, but with the death of her father who pays for her to attend private school in DR, comes the death of that dream. Now all that seems to await her is El Cero, the local crime lord who just bides his time until he can force her into her worst nightmares.

Yahaira never really said goodbye to Papi, because she had hardly spoken to him in the year since she learned of a secret for which she may never be able to forgive him. The only person she really feels she can trust and love is her girlfriend, Dre.

Neither girl knows the other exists, yet their lives will soon be irreversibly intertwined.

OPL_KrisC Jun 13, 2020

A powerful novel in verse for teens about sisterhood and death of a parent.

Jun 01, 2020

Clap When You Land is a story of sisterhood unlike any I've experienced before, with characters as multi-faceted as the places they come from. The free verse is rhythmic and pounding in all the right places, soft and lyrical in all the others. And for a story so rife with grief and struggle and anxiety and (the list goes on)... it's hopeful, but not without being real. Acevedo proves that tragedy can bring strangers together and make them family in ways both literal and metaphorical, and gives voice to the survivors whose pain outlasts the media coverage every time. This is one to be savored, and enjoyed by readers of all ages.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 21, 2020

Acevedo has again written a unique story with compelling characters and settings. This time, two sisters, each unaware of the other, learn of their unique family tie in the Dominican Republic when their father dies unexpectedly.

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Jul 02, 2020

"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.”

Jul 02, 2020

"If you asked me what I was,

& you meant in terms of culture,
I’d say Dominican.

No hesitation,
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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Jul 02, 2020

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OPL_KrisC Jun 13, 2020

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

SJPL_JessL Mar 18, 2020

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