Image of The Swift Boys & Me


Image of The Swift Boys & Me

Keplinger takes a stab at middle grade and completely nails it! The characters’ voices are strong and this awesome tale of strength, struggle and friendship needs to be heard, by tweens as well as adults. Nola and the Swift boys could be any one’s next door neighbors, but luckily they’re ours to embrace.

Canaan, Brian and Kevin Swift live next door to 11-year-old Nola Sutton. The fantastic four, who have been friends forever, are looking forward to their fun-filled summer. It all comes to a screeching halt when the Swift boys’ father leaves one night with no promise of return. Nola does everything she can to be the glue that holds their broken hearts together, but the brothers and their mom are devastated. Their adventurous summer is slowly disappearing and Nola must find a way to make everything right again, or their lives will change forever. (SCHOLASTIC, Jun., 272 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780545562003, HC, 8 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Jaime A. Geraldi