Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
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.
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Coming out themes
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual assault of a minor recounted & attempted rape of a minor (on-page)
- Sex trafficking & coerced sex work of a minor discussed
- Pregnancy discussed
- Premature childbirth scene & resuscitation of a newborn
- Cancer mentioned (minor secondary character)
- Grief & loss depiction
- Death of a mother from dengue fever recounted
- Death of a father & husband (central theme)
- Death of a sister mentioned
- Plane crash (off-page but discussed throughout the novel)
- Poverty themes