Elizabeth Acevedo

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Clap When You Land

book | Fiction | May 2020
UK & Comm → Hot Key Books
US → HarperCollins

Amazon Best Book of the Month

Children's Book of the Week in the Sunday Times

Featured in BuzzFeed's Highly Anticipated YA Books That Are Coming Out In 2020 list

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.


Roxane Edouard manages the translation rights for Clap When You Land

Translation Rights Sold

Karisto Oy
Editions Nathan
Editora Companhia Nacional
Ediciones Urano
Egitim Yayinevi

Every line is laced with betrayal and longing as the teens struggle with loving someone despite his imperfections. A standing ovation.

Kirkus (starred review)
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Memorable for its treatment of grief, depiction of family ties, and lyrical strength, expect a well-deserved high demand.


Raw and emotional.

Publishers Weekly (starred)
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Remarkable [...] once again, Dominican American YA powerhouse Acevedo (Poet X 2018) ciphers her printed poetry into aural alchemy


[A] sharp and compelling verse novel

Horn Book Magazine (starred review)

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