Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess


This summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to be on the launch team for the book, Swing


Since then, I have been able to be absorbed in and discuss it with Kwame Alexander and the rest of the launch team via social media. 


Now, that October 2nd has finally arrived. I am thrilled to be able to share this book with you! 


Love
     Politics
Friendship
     Baseball
School-Days
     Family
Growing Up 
          Themes blended through lyrical anecdotes reminding me of past & present days.

Verse
     A List
Letters
     Blackout Poetry
Narration
          Words written in a variety of ways to capture my attention.

Joy
     Heartbreak
Pride
     Fear
Despair
     Empowerment
          Feelings stirred within my soul as I experienced each and every page.


Now, I invite you to take on your own personal journey through this book! If you loved Solo, The Crossover, Booked, or Rebound I am sure you will endear Swing


From the publisher: When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they’ve got to find cool. Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah’s love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. Noah soon finds himself navigating the worlds of jazz, batting cages, the strange advice of Walt’s Dairy Queen-employed cousin, as well as Walt’s own perceptions of what is actually cool. Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each page contains the words he’s always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his private artwork becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and make his voice heard? At the same time, numerous American flags are being left around town. While some think it’s a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can’t shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized. As the personal and social tensions increase around them, Noah and Walt must decide what is really true when it comes to love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate. 

New York Times bestselling authors Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (Solo) tell a lyrical story that will speak to anyone who’s struggled to find their voice. 


I would like to thank Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess & Netgalley for the opportunity to be on the #SwingLaunchTeam and for the Advanced Reader Copy of the book Swing in exchange of my honest review. 

I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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