Not a Swan

Not a Swan

by Michelle Margorian

Hardcover(1st American ed)

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ISBN-13: 9780060242152
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/1992
Edition description: 1st American ed
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

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Not a Swan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MontglaneChess on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Three sisters are sent to live in the countryside in England during World War II where they learn about growing up, giving back, and finding themselves. Main protagonist Rose is the youngest of the three sisters and becomes increasingly isolated as her older sisters find work with home front war efforts. She finds friendship with a unmarried mother and courts romance with two very different men, both endeavors painting a stark picture of the 1940¿s social attitudes toward women¿s sexuality and independence. Rose¿s coming-of-age is fraught with puzzling over gender roles and her own burgeoning sexuality as well as the uncertain future awaiting her country. The setting is a lovingly described classic English seaside town, filled with charming cottages, a cast of unusual characters, and a mysterious deceased benefactress. Magorian¿s style is very plainspoken, touching on sensitive issues with frankness, historical accuracy, and aplomb; an easy, engaging writing style that will appeal to YA readers. The self-sufficient war-time manner is appealing in the characters because it offsets their era-appropriate naiveté and innocence of the baser facts of life. Hope, victory, and self-determination are well represented in this beautifully done historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just put it down to write this review. It's a wonderful book... my favorite ever! Lettie seemed so uptight at the beginning but the time she goes to Sussex, her personality is totally changed. Rose is a great character that teenagers can totally relate to that has sexual pressures and school pressures and family pressures that are just like mine. Read this book... it's fabulous! Kudos to Ms. Margorian!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and I thought it was very interesting and well written. I enjoyed it a lot and recomend it to anyone. I stayed up till the morning finishing it....it was just too hard to put down!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days when I was fifteen years old. I loved it. It has an exciting storyline that never gets dull. Yet, Michelle Magorian is only ever acknowledged for writing Good Bye Mr Tom. Whatever. This book is far superior.