Monday, August 25, 2014
Book Review: "The Swap" by Megan Shull
Our library has partnered with our local Fun Hockey League for children for a program called "Skate and Read". It is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to skate and get hockey coaching in a low cost and low pressure situation. This is the "Fun Hockey League" after all. But they are also required to read books during the program session, which is great! At a recent planning meeting for next year, we worked on creating an updated book list for the players. This was offered up as a suggestion, and as the YA Librarian of the group, I volunteered to look it over... and ended up reading it in a single day. Not only is this perfect for the older kids in the program (6th -9th graders) but I think this is going to be a great add to our collection as well.
This entire story is adorable and sweet and perfect. You cheer for our main characters as they battle their bullies, and you laugh as they try to navigate the other gender's position in the puberty experience and other awkward situations of adolescence. Ellie is a stellar soccer player, but the loss of friendships that she thought were important undermine her confidence.... Jack helps with that. Jack is a phenomenal hockey player, but doesn't feel loved or emotionally supported at home.... and Ellie helps with that. This was really fun to read!
by Megan Shull
Katherine Tegan, 2014
Source: Borrowed ARC