Review: Swing by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

Title: Swing
Authors: Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Blink
Pages: 448

Content Warnings: PTSD, police brutality, underage drinking

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Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen-year-old Noah. He and his best friend Walt (aka Swing) have been cut from the high school baseball team for the third year in a row, and it looks like Noah’s love interest since third grade, Sam, will never take it past the “best friend” zone. Noah would love to retire his bat and accept the status quo, but Walt has big plans for them both, which include making the best baseball comeback ever, getting the girl, and finally finding cool.

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Author Interview: Laurie Boyle Crompton

Today I have Laurie Boyle Crompton, author of Pretty in Punxsutawney, here to answer some questions! We’ll be talking about the 80s and what books she’s been reading lately. Stick around until the end because you’ll have a chance to win her book as part of a five book prize pack!

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Hi, Laurie! Thanks so much for being here today and answering my questions. What is it about a Groundhog Day type story that appeals to you?

I loved the idea of giving a teen character a do-over on an important day. I wanted to make sure it had the most potential for fun and drama, and landed on Andie’s first day at her new school. Of course, knowing what’s coming next doesn’t always help Andie all that much! This book was a blast to write and served as my chance to explore all sorts of outcomes with a character who I love.

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Author Guest Post: Christina June

I’m so excited to be welcoming Christina June to my blog today to discuss what movies and books played an influential role in her life growing up! Her third YA novel, No Place Like Here, released on May 21 and is the perfect summer read. Head over to a previous post to read my full review and make sure you stick around because there’s a giveaway at the end of this one!

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I read a lot of contemporary stories when I was upper elementary school, like Sweet Valley Twins and the Babysitter’ Club, as well as those by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. I’ve always liked friendship and family-centered novels.

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