The Year the Swallows Came Early

The Year the Swallows Came Early

by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
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The Year the Swallows Came Early 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
In Kathryn Fitzmaurice's book The Year the Swallows Came Early, eleven-year-old Eleanor "Groovy" Robinson loves cooking. She's writing her own cookbook and plans to attend culinary arts school someday if she can afford it. Even her best friend Frankie's stepbrother, who owns a local store, gives her some secret family recipes to go in her special cookbook. Things start going wrong when her daddy is arrested as they're walking through town. Since no one will tell Groovy why, she hurries to her momma's salon to find out. Momma is in no hurry to let Groovy in on the details, but when she finally does explain, the truth breaks Groovy's heart. Groovy's sorrow for her daddy evolves into anger and Groovy turns her back on everything that makes her life special: her friends, her family, and her cooking. Nothing matters anymore. But when life brings unexpected surprises, Groovy discovers that there is more to every story. Sure, sometimes people just mess up, but sometimes the situation is out of their control. Either way, Groovy needs to decide if forgiveness is worth the risk. Having recently read Because of Winn-Dixie, this book felt quite similar. Bother were in first person and about young girls, so I guess that's why. This book is a great deal longer, but easy to read and entertaining. It's a character-driven novel, as well. No edge-of-your-seat action adventure in this one. I liked Groovy and the way she saw the world. I liked how she thought her mama's obsession with horoscopes were just superstitions and didn't apply her mama's believes to her own. I still don't know why her father was in jail. From what I can figure out, what he did was low and selfish, but completely within his rights as Groovy's father. I wish the author would have given me a little bit more there to help with the realism of Groovy's dad's sentencing, because it didn't make any sense to me. My favorite part in the book is when Groovy shows her chocolate-covered strawberries to Marisol, a girl she thought was a bit snobby about her artistic talents. But since Marisol had shared about her love of drawing, Groovy took a chance to reveal a bit of her heart-her love of cooking-and in doing so, Groovy found a great friend. Sometimes friendship is a risk, but isn't it always a risk worth taking? And if that's true, isn't forgiveness a risk worth taking, as well?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting and i really enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely coming of age novel set in an interesting location with believable characters. Contemporary middle grade at its best. This has been on my "to read" list since it came out and I'm sorry it took so long to get around to it.
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BeagleMomVA More than 1 year ago
Groovy and her friend, Frankie, are affected by the actions their parents take. The two friends learn how to cope, make new friends, and, most importantly, learn how to forgive. This book is appropriate for children ages 10-14.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book soon for battle of the books soon excited
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Lisa Fotheringham More than 1 year ago
i love this book. i'm only 11, but i love it!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Eleanor "Groovy" Robinson dreams of going to cooking school. She plans menus and tries recipes and hopes to be like Betty Crocker.

But the year Groovy turns eleven is the year everything changes. Her daddy is suddenly taken away to jail, her best friend's long-lost mother makes a return, and the trusty faithful swallows that migrate through her town appear early.

Growing up is hard and families can be difficult - and Groovy is learning to expect the unexpected.

Reading THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY was such a delightful treat! Groovy is a strong and lovable character whose growth throughout the story felt real. I felt like I was learning and growing along with Groovy as things were uncovered around her.

Author Kathryn Fitmaurice's writing is like poetry and her story pulled me in. Even though there was a lot packed into the story, the pacing was perfect and each chapter added a wonderful new layer to Groovy's story.

This is a wonderful pick for readers looking for something unexpected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just stared this book and it is really good. My friend read it and said that was her favorite book. Is the main chariter a boy or a girl.