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Clap When You Land: Introduction
Clap When You Land: Plot Summary
Clap When You Land: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Clap When You Land: Themes
Clap When You Land: Quotes
Clap When You Land: Characters
Clap When You Land: Symbols
Clap When You Land: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Elizabeth Acevedo
Historical Context of Clap When You Land
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- Full Title: Clap When You Land
- When Written: 2019
- Where Written: Washington, D.C.
- When Published: 2020
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young Adult Verse Novel
- Setting: New York City and the Dominican Republic
- Climax: Yahaira, Tía Solana, and Mami save Camino from El Cero.
- Antagonist: El Cero
- Point of View: First person, told alternately from Camino and Yahaira’s perspectives
Extra Credit for Clap When You Land
A Quick Read. While Acevedo began writing verse novels because of her own history with written poetry and spoken word, many young adult authors, like Kwame Alexander and Jason Reynolds, also point out that verse novels can be especially useful for getting reluctant readers to read. Fewer words on the page means that kids who would normally struggle to finish a book can easily and more quickly finish an entire book.
Dental Records. While Clap When You Land implies that it’s totally normal (if tragic) that officials use dental records to identify Papi’s body, identifying remains in this way has only been an option for a few centuries. The first instance is believed to have occurred during the Revolutionary War, when silversmith Paul Revere identified Dr. Joseph Warren’s body by a false tooth he’d made for the doctor.