Swing Sideways

Perfect for fans of Bridge to Terabithia and Walk Two Moons, this middle grade novel is the story of two girls and the unforgettable summer in which they learn about true friendship and loss.

Annie has been promised a summer of freedom in the country. Freedom from a difficult school year, freedom from her fake “friends” back in the city, and most of all, freedom from her mom’s life-governing spreadsheets and rigid schedules. When Annie meets California, who is visiting her grandfather’s farm, it seems she has found the perfect partner for the summer she’s always craved. Especially when California offers Annie a real-life adventure: if she and Annie can find the ponies her mom rode as a girl, surely it will remind her mom how wonderful the farm is—and fix what’s broken between her mom and her grandfather.

But Annie’s summer of freedom is sprinkled with secrets, and everything she has learned about bravery and love will be put to the test when the truth behind the ultimate secret changes her life forever.

Cover Design by Dawn Cooper

ISBN: 9780062374547
ISBN 10: 0062374540
Imprint: HarperCollins

“This powerful tale of friendship and hope, made especially poignant by each girl’s struggle to repair family relationships, will capture hearts. Add an injured dog…woods made for adventures, and heartbreak that never becomes mawkish, and you have a story about so much more than summer fun.” —Booklist

“This will please country girls at heart . . .” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • A Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award Nominee
  • France Loisirs Book Club Novel
  • A Scholastic Book Fair Selection

Published in France by Pocket Jeunesse titled Une balançoire pour deux