Swing Sideways was one of those books I read a review of a while ago. Thought it sounded good and put it on my library list. It came in this last week so I thought- a quick read I will just read that tonight. It was a quick read but it tugged at my heart in a way I was not expecting.
Nanci Turner Stevenson gives us a great little book about friendship, family struggles and personal growth -think Walk Two Moons or Bridge to Terabithia.
There is a helicopter perfectionist mother and a school year of stress that has brought Annie to lose weight and develop panic attacks. The family has been working with a counselor to help both Mom and Annie find a way out of this cycle of tension.
A summer of freedom, a farm and sunshine should do the trick but there are secrets that pull at Annie’s family and secrets that surround her new friend and her family as well. There are glorious days of walking the woods, swimming and exploring but Annie’s new friend is driven to find two lost ponies that she is sure will save her family. With all the secrets life is still a struggle for Annie. The exploration to health is not what I was expecting.
It is a quick read with lots to discuss in groups in a classroom or just reading at home with your kids. Annie has just finished 7th grade but this could be an easy read for 5th (maybe even 4th) through 8th. The topics would be good for girls or boys but since the main two characters are girls it lends itself to being more of a girl read.
Nerdy Book Club reviewed it here!
Nanci Stevenson is a new author with a second book coming out next summer titled Georgia Rules. I am excited to see where she takes us with this new book.