Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

The Year the Swallows Came Early The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Groovy’s life always seemed pretty normal—until her father gets arrested one Saturday morning as they were walking together.  When she explains what happened to her mom, her mom’s unconcerned reaction seems crazy until she tells Groovy that she was the one who called the police.

Groovy cannot comprehend why her mother would do such a thing!  What could her father have done?  After putting off an explanation for what seems like ages to Groovy, her mom explains that Groovy was left an inheritance to use for college from her great-grandmother, but that her father gambled it all away.  This was money she could have used to attend cooking school—her dream!  Can she find it in her heart to forgive him for taking her inheritance…and her mother, for being the one who turns him in?

This is a sweet story with memorable characters who are all trying to deal with huge issues the best way they know how.  Groovy is especially likeable.  Suggest this book to readers who enjoyed How to Steal a Dog (O’Connor) and The Big House (Coman).

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