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Swing (Blink) Hardcover – October 2, 2018

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Gr 8 Up-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 Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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'Despite the easy flow of verse, there is a density to this story with its multiple elements. Lively, moving, and heartfelt.' --Kirkus, starred review -- Kirkus, starred review ― Kirkus, starred review

'...this novel packs a punch into its shocking and extremely powerful ending straight from today's headlines.' --Booklist -- Booklist ― Booklist

'This important and recommended contemporary YA will inspire young people to find their own voices and take a swing at life. A must-have.' --School Library Journal, starred review -- School Library Journal ― School Library Journal

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Blink; 1st edition (October 2, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0310761913
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0310761914
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 years and up
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ HL610L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 10 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.14 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.88 x 1.5 x 8.63 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Gripping #HUGLIFE
By Kathryn B. Wilson (Deltona) on October 7, 2018
Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess have done it again! He’s gotten into the mind of today’s teens and written a beautiful, real story, complete with friendship, love, struggle, and heartbreak. He’s hit on some of society’s darkest issues and given us light and comfort, too.

Swing is superb. Swing is enchanting. Swing will leave you bewildered and ready for the good fight.

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