Swing

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.13 hours)
Product Number: Z100140197
Released: Oct 02, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780310761921
Narrator/s: Kwame Alexander
Publisher: Zondervan
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Description

This audio edition of Swing by New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (Solo) combines Kwame Alexander's narration with jazz music flourishes to tell a lyrical story about hope, courage, and love that will speak to anyone who's struggled to find their voice. And the surprise ending shines a spotlight on the issues related to our current social divide, challenging perspectives and inspiring everyone to make their voice heard. When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they've got to find cool. Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah's love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. Noah soon finds himself navigating the worlds of jazz, batting cages, the strange advice of Walt's Dairy Queen-employed cousin, as well as Walt's "Hug Life" mentality. Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each page contains the words he's always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his private artwork becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and finally speak out? At the same time, numerous American flags are being left around town. While some think it's a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can't shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized. As the personal and social tensions increase around them, Noah and Walt must decide what is really true when it comes to love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate. Swing: -Is written and narrated by New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award-winner Kwame Alexander -Is a young adult fiction novel told through Kwame's one-of-a-kind free-verse poetry -Is ripe with themes of hope, courage, and love -Masterfully combines jazz, art, baseball, friendship, and love into what many are calling "Kwame's best book yet" -Tackles some of the most painful social issues of today, including racial prejudice

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Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Oct 02, 2018

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CD
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Narrator(s): Kwame Alexander
Product Number DD39716
Released: Oct 15, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781974917297
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Product Number EB00721445
Released: Oct 02, 2018
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Blink
ISBN: #9780310761877

Professional reviews

"With a poet's passion, Kwame Alexander narrates his novel-in-verse about high school friends Noah and Walt. Alexander's strong connection to his characters shines in his enthusiastic delivery and clear distinctions between the boys' personalities. Noah, cautious and reserved, pines for a girl who sees him only as a pal; Walt, vibrant with jazz running through his veins, wants only to make the varsity baseball team. Over ice cream cones and lattes, the boys support each other's dreams and sometimes squabble like brothers. With measured emotion, Alexander drives home the full impact of this contemporary coming-of-age story as the realities of the broader world burst Noah and Walt's sheltered upper-middle-class bubble. Be prepared to listen to Alexander's heartfelt performance all in one go. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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