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The Swing

Written & Illustrated by Joe Cepeda


What would you do if your parents lost EVERYTHING? Like all the stuff they borrow from the neighbors: lawn mowers, mixing bowls, camping gear. Like your dog, Leopoldo. And worst of all... the time they said they'd spend with you.

If you're Josey Flores you might walk out to the swing in your yard by yourself and get right on. You might lean back and pump your legs. You might soar into the highest leaves of that great oak tree.

And in that dense, mysterious green, you might start to FIND things. Maybe even everything you were looking for.

Here is the magical, warmhearted tale of a girl who recovers what's missing for herself, her family and her whole neighborhood.

It's exactly what you're looking for.


Reviews and Awards

"Cepeda’s story solves a compelling real-world predicament with a truly fantastic plot twist.... Cepeda’s art is vibrant and engaging, and his narration complements the book’s tone.... [K]id-friendly flight of fancy." - School Library Journal

"Engaging fantasy with bright watercolor illustrations." - Kirkus Reviews


Purchase Options
Amazon • Barnes & Noble


Fall 2006
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-14260-1
Price: $15.99/$21.99
Trim Size: 10" x 10"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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