Swing Sideways by Nanci Turner Steveson
(Harper Collins ~ May 3, 2016)
My 11 YO daughter handed me this book after finishing it and said, “Mom, this is my absolute favorite book ever. You need to read it, but then I need it back so I can read it again right away.” She fell in love with the city-girl-in-the-country storyline and was so excited that she, a born and bred country girl, could check off every single item on Annie’s list of country things she wanted to accomplish in her summer of freedom.
Naturally, when a child gives a book that kind of endorsement, this librarian mom immediately starts reading! And I LOVED it! I loved the sweet innocence of this story, but also the harder topics of cancer, eating disorders, and anxiety that were a large part of the story but not preached about.
I will be purchasing this title for both of my school libraries and can’t wait to read Steveson’s other book GEORGIA RULES next!