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Middle Grade Review of The Swift Boys and Me by Kody Keplinger

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The Swift Boys and Me by Kody Keplinger

Age Level: 8 – 12  

Grade Level: 7

Genre: Contemporary

Series: None

Print Length: 277 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 27, 2014)

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

The lyrical and moving middle-grade debut from YA author Kody Keplinger!

The lyrical and moving middle-grade debut from YA author Kody Keplinger!

Eleven-year-old
Nola Sutton has been best friends and neighbors with the Swift boys for
practically her whole life. There’s the youngest, Kevin, who never
stops talking; the oldest, Brian, who’s always kind and calm; and then
there’s Canaan, the ringleader and Nola’s best-best friend. Together,
they have a summer of fun adventures planned.

But then everything changes overnight.

When
the boys’ dad leaves without even saying good-bye, it completely
destroys the Swift family, and all Nola can do is watch. She tries to
hold on to them, but they are changing. Kevin stops talking, Canaan
starts hanging out with mean boys, and Brian is never around. Nola just
wants things to go back to the way they were — the way they’ve always
been.

Is Nola strong enough to save the Swift boys from themselves, or has she lost them forever?

About the Author:

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in rural western Kentucky. She always
enjoyed writing and began working on “novels” when she was eleven. She
wrote her first published young adult work, THE DUFF, during her senior
year of high school. Since then, she has written SHUT OUT and A
MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE, as well as the forthcoming title GOLDFISH. Kody
currently lives in New York City and writes full time.

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book. Nola is a sweet girl who can’t understand why
her best friends, the three Swift boys, are acting so different after
their father leaves. Canaan especially breaks her heart when he starts
hanging out with some sketchy neighborhood boys and starts picking on
her.

This is a story about growing up. It’s about change, finding happiness,
the end of some relationships, and the beginning of others. It’s about
dealing with challenges and making new friends. I liked the way Nola
grew and changed over the course of the book. She learns the difficult
lesson that people can let us down and relationships are fragile things.

With simple and elegant writing, The Swift Boys and Me is a heartfelt middle grade book that will appeal to kids ages 8-12.

Content: Clean

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim
    July 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I'm glad you liked the book. I was looking at buying this for my daughter this summer.

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    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog
    July 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    awww, this sounds so good!

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    Tressa S
    July 25, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I think I'll have to get this for my daughter. That is a tough lesson with growing up – having friends change and sometimes no longer be your friends. I wish it was something my kids could skip, but I'm sure it will happen. Glad you liked it!

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