Merci Suárez has never been like the other kids at Seaward Pines Academy. She doesn't have a big house or take fancy vacations. She's a scholarship student who lives with her extended family in three little houses they call Las Casitas. And while she knew sixth grade would be different, she didn't know how different – and not just at school. Back at Las Casitas, her beloved grandfather, Lolo, has been acting strangely and no one will tell Merci what's going on. What will it take to make her family face the issue they've been avoiding?
Starred reviews in PW, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and the Horn Book. "Merci Suárez is a delightful heroine who, despite real challenges, never wavers in her strong sense of self or her fierce love for la familia." ~The New York Times Book Review