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The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
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Mar 28, 09

bookshelves: capch-10-14, families, friendship, homelessness, values, abandonment, addictions
Read in March, 2009

Eleven-year-old Eleanor "Groovy" Robinson learns why her mother called the police on Groovy's beloved father and had him jailed. As Groovy faces her father's imperfections her friend Frankie is dealing with his mom's abandonment and reappearance in his life. Meanwhile, Marisol draws swallows everywhere while she's minding little brother Felix. All these interesting elements somehow didn't hold together for me. I liked the book, but felt like it was striving for something it didn't attain.
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