I heard this morning on NPR that today, March 19, is the day the swallows usually return to San Juan Capistrano. This seemingly minor migratory fact caught my attention because I just finished reading Kathryn Fitzmaurice’s debut novel called The Year the Swallows Came Early.
Eleven-year-old Eleanor “Groovy” Robinson lives in San Juan Capistrano. Her father is in jail, her mother works long hours at her beauty salon, and her best-friend is dealing with anger at his mom who has reappeared after several years’ unexplained absence. As she faces these life challenges, the swallows return earlier than usual, bringing with them a series of events that help Eleanor begin to understand the complexities of life and the importance of forgiveness.
The Year the Swallows Came Early
by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
2009, The Bowen Press
ISBN 9780061624971 $16.99
Recommended for ages 9 - 12
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Based on true accounts, this picture book depicts the mischievous antics of Abraham Lincoln's two youngest sons, Tad and Willie, during their White House years. The boys were known as high energy pranksters, doted on by the adoring father.
Mr. Lincoln's Boys
by Staton Raybin
Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
2008, Viking Juvenile
36 pages; recommended for ages 4 to 8
ISBN 9780670061693 $16.99