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, NY : HarperTeen, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062882769
Characteristics: 417 pages ; 22 cm


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After her father dies in a plane crash, New Yorker Yahaira discovers that she has a sister, Camino, in the Dominican Republic. Written from both girls’ perspectives in Acevedo’s amazing verse, this moving story captures the agony of grief and the strong pull of family ties.

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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.

JCLDawnaO Mar 27, 2020

This is the story of two girls, Camino and Yahaira, who live in different countries and are unaware of each other, but bound together by the same Papi. This book is written in verse and with dual narrators.

Camino lives in the Dominican Republic while Yahaira lives in New York and the story alternates between the two, who have much different lives. Camino goes to the airport to meet her Papi, he comes to visit every summer but lives the rest of the year in New York City, and she finds out that the plane her Papi was in had crashed. Yahaira learns of the plane crash from her mother who comes to take her out of school.

This is the story of two girls dealing with the death of their Papi and then learning of each other. This is a beautiful story full of hurt and love. As each has to learn their new normal without their beloved Papi, they also need to come to terms with having a sister they never knew. Both girls are much different from each other and yet they have similarities too.

Another fantastic book by Elizabeth Acevedo!

SJPL_JessL Mar 18, 2020

Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo’s third book, is the story, told in verse, of Camino and Yahaira. Two young women and their families, though, miles apart at first, one the Dominican Republic and the other in New York City, are tied together after a plane crash that claims their father. The story interweaves their grief, family history, family drama, and the realization that nothing will be the same without their dad.

Acevedo returns to verse for this story, but it do not feel quite as poetic as her previous tales. There is beat and momentum to her choice of words and use of structure on the printed page, but it isn’t quite as magical as her previous works. Overall the story is still moving and the emotions of Camino and Yahaira are real and their grief cuts deep. Locations and people are diverse, including cultural diversity and an LGBTQ+ couple. Overall, it was a great read and recommend for older teens.

Content warnings (small spoiler): language, attempted sexual assault, references to prostitution, and teen pregnancy.


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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

SJPL_JessL thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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