Clap When You Land

Elizabeth Acevedo

fiction Contemporary Poetry Young Adult
emotional reflective sad medium-paced
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.

Papi's death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

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emotional 97%
reflective 63%
sad 56%
hopeful 47%
inspiring 33%
challenging 11%
tense 11%
dark 8%
adventurous 6%
informative 2%
lighthearted 1%
mysterious 1%
funny 0%
relaxing 0%


medium 55%
fast 30%
slow 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 5%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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