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Swing (Blink) | Kwame Alexander
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Logan_barrantes
Swing | Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
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Swings about a boy named Noah, who‘s life is a whirlwind of experiences and heartbreak. His best friend, Walt, falls in love just to lead him down a strange path, which ends even worse for both of them. Noah finally gets the girl of his dreams but she dumps him although they like each other, they just have nothing in common. This book is sort of fast paced and the setting is in a school, a suburb, and baseball field. The book makes you read more.

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Logan! This post was needing the genre and the reccomdation but overall great work! 1w
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MsLeah8417
Swing | Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
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September 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

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MsLeah8417
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#kwamealexander
#swing
#read
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LoverofLit
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This book was beautiful to listen to. Part lyrics and poetry, part narration, this book was a perspective you don't see often; that of two black teenage boys who love baseball, jazz, and are trying to figure out the secrets of girls before prom. Highly recommend
#Booked2019
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
Genrebusting

4thhouseontheleft I listened to this over the summer! 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard it‘s really good 3mo
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I'm so glad that I listened to Kwame Alexander read his novel (with Mary Rand Hess), Swing. It's the first time I've experienced his verse via audio, and his reading brought this book to vivid life the story of seventeen-year-old Noah and his best friends Walt and Sam. Walt, who wants to be known as Swing, desires to be a baseball star, loves jazz, and is "famous" for knowing the way that famous people died. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Noah has loved Sam forever, but she's in a relationship with Cruz, a baseball star at their high school. Walt urges Noah to tell Sam about how he feels, but Noah can't gather the courage. Alexander starts there and then moves through these characters' lives with an eye for the small details that bring them and their friendships to life. Strong, moving novel--this would be a great read (or listen!) for high school students. 5mo
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Sweettartlaura
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4.5 ⭐️ - loved it 🙌🏻

I listened to this via the #audiobooksync program. I was beginning to think I just can‘t enjoy YA - most of the choices so far have been meh 🤷🏻‍♀️ to me.

But THIS knocked it outta the park ⚾️!
I hope & pray there are kids like Walt, Noah, & Sam in every town today - kids who still believe in love, kindness, respect, hard work, & friendship & family.
And I hope we‘re building them a better ending than these kids get 😔

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mandi1082
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Swing is a story about friendship, first crushes and trying to live a normal life in our world today. This story is very easy to read because it is written in verse form and beautifully so. I enjoyed the story and was full of hope and even sadness.
4⭐⭐⭐⭐

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4thhouseontheleft
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Kwame Alexander is fast becoming a must-read author for me, and the audiobook was fantastic. Especially in regards to the ending, I think it is best heard through Kwame‘s narration. The friendship between Noah and Walt really made this story shine.

Finished this on my morning walk today!
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

#bfcr2 #audiobook

Clwojick I enjoyed this one, but not as much as 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @Clwojick I haven‘t read Solo, but I loved Crossover, a little more than this one. I saw a lot of reviewers on GR didn‘t like the ending, but I think Kwame wrote it that way on purpose, to demonstrate how senseless, heartbreaking events like that can happen unexpectedly and out of nowhere. (edited) 6mo
4thhouseontheleft Also using this one for #booked2019 #genrebusting. I consider Kwame‘s contemporary fiction middle grade novels told in verse definitely qualify for this prompt! @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage 5mo
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Cinfhen 👍🏻 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice choice and review! 📘 🎉 ❤ 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft
Swing | Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
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Listening to Swing as I eat breakfast this morning! One of my #bfcr2 goals is 30 servings of fruits and veggies each week. It‘s our last day in the AirBnb, so fresh food is in low supply this morning. Threw in some dried apple crisps to get a serving of fruit in. 😃 #teamfitlit #booksandbreakfast

It‘s hard to tell from the audio version this a a story in verse.

Clwojick Yummmmm. 🤗 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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It‘s definitely a big fitness day! Listened to Swing on a 4 mile walk in Frick Park, my favorite of Pittsburgh‘s parks. It‘a so lovely to be back in the city where I met hubby. 💕#nostalgia #audiowalk

We‘re currently at the Carnegie Science Center and SportsWorks, where we‘re having a ton of fun climbing the walls and other activities!😂 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge

Bookwormjillk Love Frick Park! I spent a summer at Pitt and walked there every chance I got 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @Bookwormjillk What brought you to Pitt? My husband and I are both alumni. 😃 6mo
Bookwormjillk @4thhouseontheleft I did my college lab work there. Lived in tower c. I loved my summer there. 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft @Bookwormjillk I lived in the Towers freshman year. I don‘t miss that. 😂😂 6mo
BookwormAHN Sounds like a great day 💖 6mo
Hoopiefoot Thanks for sharing your trip with us! I love Pittsburgh 🖤💛 6mo
ValerieAndBooks We visited Pittsburgh on one of son‘s college tours and I‘d love to go back and see more of the city! 6mo
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Jacki_Reads
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My second book by these wonderful authors; however, I feel like this one ended too abruptly. I grew incredibly attached to these characters and found myself needing more at the end. Incredibly well written and I LOVE how art and music was included in this text; but I wanted more.

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phatsallylee
Swing (Special) | Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
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Finally some good walking weather! I'm excited that the week isn't over yet and i'm already past my mileage goal! I'm not doing so well with my reading. None of my current books are catching my interest so far.
#bfc #bookfitnesschallenge #audiowalk @wanderinglynn

TheSpineView Keep up the good work! 7mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You‘re killing it! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 7mo
Clwojick If I‘m in a reading slump, I find audiobooks help. But sometimes they can be hard to get into as well, especially if you‘re not a fan of the narrator. My suggestion is to think back to the last audiobook you really loved, and search for other books that narrator has read. I have found a lot of really great books this way... just choosing based on narrator instead of author or genre. 7mo
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BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 7mo
phatsallylee @Clwojick thank you for the suggestion! 7mo
phatsallylee @TheSpineView @wanderinglynn @BookwormAHN thank you for cheering me on! You guys have been doing great as well! Can't wait to start seeing the weekly summary posts tomorrow! 7mo
monalyisha This seems to be a theme! I see that a lot of us aren‘t where we usually are, in terms of our reading appetites. Must be something in the air. 🤷‍♀️ We‘ll get back to it eventually/soon. 7mo
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phatsallylee
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Another soggy day here so i hit the gym/elliptical to finish out my steps for the day. Started listening to this free audiobook that i downloaded from audiosync.

#bfc #bookfitnesschallenge #audioworkout
@wanderinglynn

TheSpineView Good job! 7mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 7mo
monalyisha We‘re such troopers/good little doobies, sticking it out in stormy weather! 7mo
BookwormAHN Very good 👏🏻 7mo
Kaye ✨✨🌟✨✨✨ 7mo
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Pandalibrarian
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I finished listening to this today - thanks to #audiobooksync program. At first, I wasn‘t sure about the author as narrator but it grew on me and he did a great job. I enjoyed getting to know Walt and Noah and the rest of the characters. The ending took my breath away. The way that poetry, jazz, and art were woven into the story was beautifully done.

Clwojick You need to listen to 7mo
Clwojick The main character is a musician, and they weave poetry and music into the audiobook, and it‘s absolutely stunning ❤️ 7mo
Pandalibrarian Thank you for the suggestion! Will add it to my tbr! And Swing had some music in it, too. Added a nice atmosphere to the book. (edited) 7mo
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Clwojick
Swing (Special) | Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
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Decided to listen to this free audiobook today (thanks to Audiobook Sync). This one doesn‘t count for #MayMadness #BookToMovie, but I wanted to finish it before I downloaded week 2s free audiobook on Audiobook Sync. So far I‘m enjoying it ⚾️

4thhouseontheleft I downloaded this as well! Saving it for one of our day trips this summer, my daughter likes Kwame Alexander's books too. 7mo
Clwojick @4thhouseontheleft his audiobooks are fantastic! 7mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This ending took me by surprise this morning. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Honeybeegirl
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I normally don‘t do audio books, but I listened to this one and fell in love. At first I wasn‘t thrilled because baseball isn‘t my thing, but things moved on and it was a solid story! Wild! I highly recommend this book!!!

RaimeyGallant Does he narrate? And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
Honeybeegirl @RaimeyGallant yes he does narrate the audio book and it‘s great! His voice and tone really helps the story. 7mo
RaimeyGallant Awesome! I saw him speak a few years ago. 7mo
deadrabbitsbooks 💛 Welcome to Litsy 🐇 7mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Another 5 star book. Engaging and perfect for audio.

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Bkwrm7
Swing (Blink) | Kwame Alexander
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If you haven't heard of #audiobooksync you're missing out. Starting this week there will be two audiobooks of interest to teens that you can download each week throughout the summer. This week's choices are Swing (tagged) and Blink and Caution which I liked a lot in print. New titles go up every Thursday at 7am EST at www.audiobooksync.com - get 'em while you can! I've built up a great library of audiobooks over the part several years with this.

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Peddler410
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First two installments from AudioBook Sync!
Great summer long program for free YA audio books.
Be sure you have Overdrive.

https://www.audiobooksync.com/

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Bookwormjillk
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Fell asleep reading earlier and messed up my timer for #24b4Monday but then turned things around with 3 hours of audio gardening. I like this book a lot so far.

Mynameisacolour Audio Gardening!!😍😍😍 7mo
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mhillis
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1. Current reads: American Spy, Sawkill Girls
2. Audiobook: Swing by Kwame Alexander (tagged)
3. Top of May TBR: The Spy with the Red Balloon 🎈

#weekendreads

rachelsbrittain I LOVED Sawkill Girls! Thanks for joining in 💜 7mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Woo hoo. Free audio books all summer long is back up and running. Look what book is hitting it out of the part for week one. Get your copy at

Audiobooksync.com

Two free audiobooks weekly all summer long.

Clwojick Thanks for sharing! I‘ve been wanting to listen to this one! 👏🏻 8mo
rretzler Thanks for sharing this! My son had mild dyslexia and prefers audiobooks, so this is fantastic! 😁👏🏻👍🏻 8mo
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I was not expecting that ending at all. I don‘t think I can read another novel about a black kid being shot by cops right now.
I really cared about these characters.

4.5 ⭐️

Book 136/165 4/17/19

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kricheal
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This was stunning. Favorite YA so far this year. #27 #2019

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kricheal
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlylistening

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Traci1
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The full list of audiobooks that will be available through the program: https://www.audiobooksync.com/2019-sync-titles/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20...

sprainedbrain Some very interesting looking ones this year! 8mo
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Sharpeipup
Swing (Special) | Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
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“Do you think Amazon is the apocalypse?”
“Nah.”
#quotes #audiobook

Soubhiville 🤣😂 11mo
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gradcat
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@AmberWB
I just received your gift for my birthday today (Sometimes I forget to check my email—hope it hadn‘t been in there for too damn long, lol!), and I had to thank you immediately here. I‘m very happy to read something that you plan to read as well—we can compare notes! I really love that you people are so thoughtful here on Litsy; I don‘t think I ever could‘ve dreamed of having such sweet people to check in with about books! Thanks again!

AmberWB Enjoy!! 11mo
gradcat @AmberWB Thanks again...you‘re wonderful!! 😊😊😊 11mo
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Chasingmermaids
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Soft and beautiful until the end where it leaves you an emotional wreck. You knew it was going to happen. But you‘re still blinded by it.

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Eggs
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Walt Disney Jones ("Swing") and his best pal Noah navigate their junior HS year with love, art, poetry, and jazz. In the midst of it, Swing's brother returns from Afghanistan, a ghost of the young man he once was

SarahBradley Good, but idk...not my favorite of his 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
Eggs @SarahBradley What's your favorite Kwame? 12mo
SarahBradley Crossover! Then Solo! 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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I LOVED this book. I can‘t wait until my boys are older and I can put this in their hands. I love that there was art and music (jazz specifically), a boy in love with one of his best friends and inspires by some old love letters he finds.

gradcat Maybe you would like “White Tears”...see my post. I loved it, although music is more blues than jazz 🎼🎷🎸 13mo
Balibee146 Your snack looks delish 13mo
RealLifeReading @gradcat thanks for the recommendation! 13mo
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RealLifeReading
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Almond cookies from Marks and Spencer‘s Singapore and some coffee and this amazing book by Kwame Alexander - the first book of his I‘ve read and I can‘t wait to read more .

Graciouswarriorprincess Read Solo next ! It‘s about RockNRoll music. 14mo
RealLifeReading @Graciouswarriorprincess the ebook had the first few chapters from Solo! I‘m going to have to borrow it! 13mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @RealLifeReading Fabulous! I think you will enjoy reading it! 13mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I met the fabulous Kwame Alexander and Randy Preston tonight. #blessedlife #swingbook #swinglaunchteam #art #poetry

Tamra Wooooot! 👏🏾 14mo
CouronneDhiver I‘m always so impressed by how many authors you meet! 👍🏽 14mo
Eggs I envy you ❣️ 14mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess @Tamra 😀 @Eggs @CouronneDhiver Thanks. I am just always following on social media and my independent book stores are amazing!! 14mo
tpixie Awesomeness!!! 14mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @tpixie Thank you!😍 14mo
tpixie @Graciouswarriorprincess I just bought Ghost for Sydney to read and for her student library in her classroom! 14mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Getting ready to see Kwame Alexander for the #swinglaunch book tour. #huglife #swinglaunchteam #art #poetry

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WanderingBookaneer
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Kwame Alexander was at Books-a-Million today. There were about 50 people in attendance. It was an intimate and unforgettable experience. He travels with Randy Preston whose voice and guitar gave the event a mellow feel. It has been my favorite author visit ever.

3 of my low performing students showed up. I bought each of them the book.

tjwill I ❤️ Kwame! 14mo
Booksnchill Thanks for sharing! 14mo
Eggs Love Kwame ❣️ 14mo
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Readingismyescape He came to our school. He is a very engaging speaker. The kids love him. 14mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I loved his new book and I will be seeing him next Thursday. 14mo
Peddler410 I saw him in April (on my birthday) for the release of Rebound .... fantastic experience at a small independent bookstore 😊 14mo
SkeletonKey Saw him speak recently at a YA festival, definitely a great experience 🖤 14mo
Libby1 What a great teacher you are. Thanks for doing what you do. It makes a difference. ❤️ 14mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Kwame Alexander is going to do a reading at my local Books-a-Million. I found out yesterday when I bought the book. I devoured it.

It reminds me of Horrorstor. They are both funny and light with some tension around the edges. They both go from 0 to 💯 with the turning of a page. However, I might need some time to get over this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Daisey
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I‘m not quite sure how to review this book. I really enjoy the rhythm and style of each of Kwame Alexander‘s books. The figurative language and allusions are fantastic. Through most of this one, however, it was just too much a story of a lovesick teenage boy for me, even with the fun facts and artistic angle. The ending, though, it packs a punch.

#NetGalley #YA

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Daisey
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My 7th graders just read “Casey at the Bat” last week, so I think I‘m going to have to share this page with them. #TeachersofLitsy

*My copy is from #NetGalley and on my Kindle app, meaning I‘m not sure if this is the final format of this passage.

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tjwill
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Release day for #Swingbook! I love Kwame and novels in verse, and this one packs a punch!

Daisey I have this from NetGalley and still haven‘t made time to read it! Must get to it soon! 1y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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So fabulous to be a part of the #swingteam and read this amazing book! It is on sale tomorrow! #poetry #baseball #art #yabook #huglife

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LibrarianRyan
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This looks fun.

October 2
#CoverLove #YAedition

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LibrarianRyan
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This looks fun.

October 2
#CoverLove #YAedition

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tjwill
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I finished reading Swing this morning. Publication date is October 2, so put this YA novel in verse on the TBR list. Noah has been in love with one of his best friends for a while, and he is inspired to start creating found art love poems for her after finding some love letters from the 60s. His other best friend Walt is obsessed with getting back on their school baseball team, and he teaches Noah to appreciate jazz and to be more bold.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I am so excited to announce that I am part of Kwame Alexander‘s Swing Launch Team! #swinglaunchteam #swingbook

tjwill Me too! I‘ve only read about one-third so far because of other book obligations, but I‘m enjoying it! Have you read it yet? 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @tjwill I just downloaded it on Netgalley. Congratulations! 1y
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Shona635
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Im@lucky enough to be on the Launch team for swing. The quotes in this book are countless and powerful. Loving it so far!

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tjwill
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Woohoo! So psyched! #Swingbook

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