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Middle Grade

  • The Swifts, Beth Lincoln
    Dutton Books for Young Readers, 9780593533239, February 7, 2023 (Middle Grade)

    “A rambunctious and often hilarious mystery with a classic feel thanks to the rundown family house and quirky cast of characters. With a penchant for wordplay, treasure hunting, and odd traditions like comically accurate names, The Swifts are one family with a reunion you’ll never forget.”

    - Gabriella Crivilare, Prairie Fox Books, Ottawa, IL


    “I finished this truly unputdownable book in a single day after being completely drawn in by the first line. Its deep affection for language and irreverent-yet-loving-approach to its characters endears, while its deliciously suspenseful murder mystery storytline make it perfect for a classroom read-aloud with interactive student sleuthing. It’s also ideal for reluctant readers who need a highly engaging story to pull them in, and for parents who still read aloud to their 6th graders, as I do.”

    - Emily Autenrieth, A Seat at the Table Books, Elk Grove, CA



    “I cannot think of a stronger debut book I’ve ever read; The Swifts grabbed me from page one! I was cackling with delight at the characters, the language, the twists and turns of the plot — this book is the whole package.”

    - Justin Colussy-Estes, Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA



    Knives Out meets A Series of Unfortunate Events in this rollicking mystery about a madcap, kooky extended family and their hunt for the long-lost family fortune. It was a hilarious BLAST and I want Shenanigan to be my best friend! (Also, it features some low-key, ‘this isn't a big deal’ trans/NB/GQ characters. Yay!)”

    - Tory Hall, Chapters Books & Gifts, Seward, NE

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