Swing

By: Kwame Alexander

Noah and his best friend Swing have been cut from the school baseball team for the third year, and it seems that Noah's long-time love interest will never take it past being friends. But Swing has big plans for them both, including making a baseball comeback and getting the girl. Told in verse. Full-color and black-and-white illustrations created with ink and mixed media.

ISBN: 9780310761914

JLG Release: Feb 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Novels in verse , Best friends , Friendship , African Americans , Baseball , Letters , Police violence

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Awards & Honors

VOYA's Perfect Tens - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*, Kirkus Reviews*

School Library Journal

Seventeen-year-old Noah Wallace is not having any luck. He got cut from the baseball team, again. His secret crush on Samantha Worthington is unrequited. She is dating an oafish baseball rival. Noah’s best friend, charismatic Walt Disney “Swing” Jones, has plans for them to get back onto the team and become the kings of cool. Noah gets his in Seventeen-year-old Noah Wallace is not having any luck. He got cut from the baseball team, again. His secret crush on Samantha Worthington is unrequited. She is dating an oafish baseball rival. Noah’s best friend, charismatic Walt Disney “Swing” Jones, has plans for them to get back onto the team and become the kings of cool. Noah gets his inspiration to woo Sam from love letters written during the 1960s, which he finds at a thrift store. The love letters and Swing’s vast love for jazz music motivate Noah to repurpose the letters and make them his own. Swing has issues with his future stepfather, meets and falls for slightly older thrift store employee Divya, and awaits the return of his older brother, Moses, from military action in Afghanistan. Noah and Swing’s party, an American flag mystery, and Moses’s return significantly alter their lives forever. Alexander and Hess strike gold with this fun, witty, and intellectual YA novel. It is a free verse poetic narrative fused with collage art and manga influences. Noah’s dialogue differs from the italicized dialogue of the other characters. Readers will fall in love with scene-stealer Swing. Jazz music fans will enjoy this focus and its intersections with art, history, baseball, and literature. VERDICT This important and recommended contemporary YA will inspire young people to find their own voices and take a swing at life. A must-have.–Donald Peebles, Brooklyn Public Library

Book Details

ISBN

9780310761914

First Release

February 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/3"

Page Count

432

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.1; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 11;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Blink

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Novels in verse, Best friends, Friendship, African Americans, Baseball, Letters, Police violence,

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