The Year the Swallows Came Early
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When Eleanor Groovy Robinson turns 11, things start to go wrong. Her father is in jail, her best friend's long-absent mother reappears, and the swallows that make their annual migration to her hometown arrive surprisingly early. As Groovy begins to expect the unexpected, she learns about the importance of forgiveness.

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  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 132.08 x 182.88 x 30.48mm | 226.8g
  • 10 Apr 2009
  • HarperCollins
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 0061624977
  • 9780061624971
  • 1,604,979

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"In this daring, emotionally complex story, both Groovy and Frankie try to figure out how to accept people, especially parents, for who they are without abandoning their own needs and their own developing notions of right and wrong."--Kirkus Reviews

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Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com

Eleanor "Groovy" Robinson dreams of going to cooking school. She plans menus and tries recipes and hopes to be like Betty Crocker. But the year Groovy turns eleven is the year everything changes. Her daddy is suddenly taken away to jail, her best friend's long-lost mother makes a return, and the trusty faithful swallows that migrate through her town appear early. Growing up is hard and families can be difficult - and Groovy is learning to expect the unexpected. Reading THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY was such a delightful treat! Groovy is a strong and lovable character whose growth throughout the story felt real. I felt like I was learning and growing along with Groovy as things were uncovered around her. Author Kathryn Fitmaurice's writing is like poetry and her story pulled me in. Even though there was a lot packed into the story, the pacing was perfect and each chapter added a wonderful new layer to Groovy's story. This is a wonderful pick for readers looking for something unexpected.show more
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