Clap When You Land: Library Edition Audio CD – Import, 5 May 2020
"Lush imagery and masterful characterization...A lyrical achievement in storytelling that is highly recommended."-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
"Raw and emotional, Acevedo's exploration of loss packs an effective double punch, unraveling the aftermath of losing a parent alongside the realities of familial inheritance."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"Tackles family secrets, toxic masculinity, and socio-economic differences with incisive clarity and candor."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
About the Author
Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X--which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award--as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC. You can find out more about her at www.acevedowrites.com.
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- Publisher : Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (5 May 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1094156949
- ISBN-13 : 978-1094156941
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 181 g
- Dimensions : 17.02 x 1.78 x 15.49 cm
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The loss of a parent leaves a void that can never be filled. But when you realise the magnitude of the secrets that parent kept from you, it’s a whole other pandora’s box
The book is a complex blend of loss, guidance, love, grief, playing them among community factors of nationalities and races. The overall theme of the book is simple – you take on reality as you get it.
As always, Acevedo’s writing doesn’t disappoint. The book is written in verse and poetry, undoubtedly, brings out the darkest and deepest of emotions. The book is one giant swirl into oblivion with no idea what is coming next.
Grab those tissues, folks! The waterworks don’t stop in this one.
The story talks about two step sisters Camino and Yahaira who share a common father but are unaware of the fact until they learn about the plane crash and the reality that their father is dead. The story talks about the secrets a person can keep, human emotions when they lose their loved ones and forgiveness. And the lyrical way the entire story has been written only makes it better.
I wanted the story to go on for some more time, wanted more about the time the two sisters spent together, which I felt could have been elongated. It felt the story got over too soon. But overall.....an amazing read.
Do get your copy!
By Hansa Kajaria on 12 October 2020
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By Swagata on 7 October 2020
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The plot is outlined on the book cover so there were no surprises there. What I hadn't anticipated, however, was the quality of the description of characters, their grief and entire settings through the medium of non-rhyming poetry. The impact of some of the imagery nearly blew me away or prompted tears!
Having worked in a developing country for a couple of years and because I have travelled to various places where the culture and surroundings were far different to my own, this novel called to mind so many experiences and opportunities that I had forgotten, the problems and challenges faced by the protagonists seemed real, from the very first pages which focus on the mud it is so hard to remove as a result of rainy season in the tropics. The clapping on safe arrival of a plane was equally reminiscent.
Occasional references in Spanish remind the reader that they are being transported far from home and, in my opinion, add to the novel's appeal and authenticity.
My only disappointment was not being able to translate the proverb on the flysheet at the beginning of the novel which I assume sets the tone of what follows. The word for which I searched wasn't in my huge dictionary! But, please don't let that deter you. This book is well worth a read. Thanks to the author who certainly prompted me to think more deeply and gave me a lot of pleasure!
Trigger warnings: Sexual Harasment, Assualt, Stalking
Clap When You Land makes you feel all kinds of emotions, and brings you the love of siblings.
This was a new and interesting read for me. I had never read an Elizabeth Acevedo book, I have rarely read a book that is solely based on siblings and never read a novel written in prose. However, I’m so happy I have now because I have another new found love. It is so beautifully written, with so much raw emotion. The words just flew so swiftly and the characters so likeable.
When I first heard about Clap When You Land I thought that it would probably be like parent trap. Two sisters, separated by parents, both living in different countries, unaware of each others existence. But no! It was more than that. Way more. I couldn’t believe my mind when I read it. How could that be?
In this novel we follow two sisters perspectives and how they are grappling the devastation of their fathers death. If that wasn’t enough for them. They soon find out they have a sister. Angry at their parents and angry at each other. Emotions are flying high. However, soon meeting each other, and sharing the same grief can blossom a new found love. A love they never thought they could have because it never crossed their mind that they could have a sibling, a sister to love so dearly.
𝓒𝓪𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓲 𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓬𝓱𝓮𝓼 𝓾𝓹 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓽𝓸𝓾𝓬𝓱𝓮𝓼 𝓶𝔂 𝓬𝓱𝓮𝓮𝓴. “𝓣𝓮 𝓹𝓪𝓻𝓮𝓬𝓮𝓼 𝓲𝓰𝓾𝓪𝓵𝓲𝓽𝓸 𝓪 𝓮𝓵.“
Reading about Camino and Yahaira, their grief and their new found relationship had my heart sinking deep in my chest. I just wanted to hug them both for the pain they are going through. The betrayal of their father, who they loved so dearly, The thought of losing a parent and having a sibling you never knew you had is hard to think of.
I can’t wait to pick up more of her work, and discover more of her stories and beautiful writing. Clap When You Land is her newest release and you should definitely pick it up and feel all the emotions it will give you as it did for me.
My first time reading this authors book but it most definitely won't be the last.
Well done Elizabeth
Camino lives in the Dominican Republic; Yahaira lives in New York City. When Camino's dad dies in a plane crash she is scared. What will she do without her father's protection? When Yahaira's father dies in a plane crash, she is in disbelief. Camino and Yahaira have never met, however their lives are turned upside down when it comes to light that Camino's dad... is also Yahaira's dad.
With the story told in verse, Elizabeth Acevedo does a wonderful job of portraying Camino and Yahira distinctly, with their shared emotions of grief, anger, hurt and betrayal weaving throughout their perspective. I also love the passion and heart that Acevedo pours into the portrayal of the Latinx culture into her writing. Clap When You Land is a a definite recommend from me.
Told in verse style we learn of Camino who lives in the Dominican Republic and in New York Yahaira.
Both girls are sisters though are kept separate by their father's double life and secrets.
Until that is one day both suffer a tragic loss, their father has died in a plane crash and through circumstance their father's skeletons are out of the closet.
Both suffering with their own grief they now learn they have a sister and it's a learning process to adjust to that.
From totally different backgrounds this is a fascinating tale of how family can find each other across time and distance, build new relationships and heal from the tragedies that have gone before.
This was amazing and I just couldn't put it down, I had to know what happened next so read it in less than a day.
One of the best YA novels I have read for a while and definitely going to look at the authors's other work.