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Interview: Elizabeth Acevedo and Audible Editor Edwin share a personal and honest conversation about 'Clap When You Land'

The Unflinching Honesty in Elizabeth Acevedo's 'Clap When You Land'
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Publisher's Summary

An Odyssey Honor Audiobook

In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Don't miss the audiobook, read by Elizabeth Acevedo, the beloved author and narrator of The Poet X, winner of an Odyssey Honor and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner. 

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.

©2020 Elizabeth Acevedo (P)2020 HarperTeen

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This Hispanic Heritage Month, dive into a vibrant celebration of Latinx culture that has been curated just for you. For this collection, we compiled seven of our favorite audiobooks that illustrate the Afro-Latinx experience. As we shine a much-needed light on the intersection between Black and Latinx identity, we are honored to share these unique voices and powerful perspectives in America today elevating the voices of the many who have been denied one.

Editor's Pick

Elizabeth Acevedo does it again!
As a Dominican-American, I am loving that so many recent works are exploring the cultural DNA of the island and its people ( Dominicana by Angie Cruz and Julia Alvarez’s Afterlife come to mind). Elizabeth Acevedo’s latest novel, Clap When You Land, takes it to another level. The lives of two sisters are shattered when their father is killed in a plane crash. Yahaira lives in New York, and Camino in the Dominican Republic—and neither know the other exists. This tragic accident will bring them together—but how? Camino’s life is turned upside-down as she is left without a financial lifeline. Meanwhile, Yahaira’s frustrations with her father are so trivial compared to everything Camino has to deal with. Acevedo’s verse is beautiful and draws the listener immediately, skillfully switching between Camino's and Yahaira's voices. The sisters are unique, juxtaposed through their upbringing, but joined in their grief. They are trying to come to terms with not only their father's death, but with each other. Clap When You Land is an incredibly powerful and emotional work, and a must listen!

What listeners say about Clap When You Land

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I read the synopsis of this book and it sounded really interesting. Unfortunately the narration sounded like a protestor was giving an important speech. The sentences had no end- it felt like the narrator was really angry deep down.

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Such an amazing book!

Elizabeth Acevedo is one of my favorite authors for a reason. Every story she tells is a story deserved to be heard and as a black Latina, these are my stories!

Both girls were so relatable and Yahaira was so me! This book touched on colorism and texturism and street harassment. So many things affect girls of color in their everyday lives when they live in the inner city. But the thing is, it doesn’t overwhelm the story. She sort of weaves topics that don’t take over the main plot.

They lived such very different lives and got very different versions of their father(who was trash btw) and I was so happy to see when they finally meet each other.

Elizabeth’s books are so amazing. She deserves all the praise!

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I am so addicted to Elizabeth Acevedo! Thank you for providing beautiful books that brown girls like my students and me can relate to! Respect! -Vanessa Alvarado

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A perfect novel

This book is a beautifully crafted story of love, loss, sisterhood, and home. The two main characters are dealing with the loss of their father and the fallout his sudden death and secrets cause. Nothing is wrapped up neatly because life is never neat, and Acevedo does a beautiful job of making the mess of one man’s life so beautiful. What happens when Yahaira and Camino try to piece their worlds back together is a stunning tale of how grief undoes and pieces back together. Perfect novel in verse. Both protagonists are perfection.

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Amazingly Poetic Read!!

Elizabeth Acevedo depicts a great portrait of all of us who claim to be from where we hardly been. The Caribbean so ingrained in our everyday life that it cannot be removed. Being from the states but having your heart, music, culture, foods and beliefs come from a distant island was told beautifully. I always clap when the planes land, always will.

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A quick and great listen

It is not often lately that I feel like I wasted a credit on a book. This one redeemed them for me. It took a minute for me to realize what was happening however once I realized the character differences and what was not different at all about them I was completely invested.

It ended well. I am not Dominican yet was able to understand the culture and come out w a new understanding and love for those who Clap When You Land.

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another good book!

I think this one is my favorite,. Really enjoyed this audio book and I recommend it.

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She did it again.

I loved this book. It was beautiful, it broke my heart and filled it.. This story, loosely based on real events was handled in such a thoughtful way... All emotions were beautifully written.. I. Felt. All. Of. It.

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Horrible narration

I gave overall and story 3 stars but I don’t actually know how it was. I couldn’t get past the first 10 minutes. The narrator doesn’t know that sentences end with a down pitch of the voice. She ends every single one of her sentences as if it was a question.

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Great story, not so great narration.

I loved the story. I also love the author's writing style. My only gripe was the narration. I felt like i was listening to poetry not a story, mostly when the character Camino speaks. It didn't sound natural.

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