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"When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they've got to find cool. Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah's love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. Noah soon finds himself navigating the worlds of jazz, batting cages, the strange advice of Walt's Dairy Queen-employed cousin, as well as Walt's own perceptions of what is actually cool. Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each page contains the words he's always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his private artwork becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and make his voice heard? At the same time, numerous American flags are being left around town. While some think it's a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can't shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized. As the personal and social tensions increase around them, Noah and Walt must decide what is really true when it comes to love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Blink, [2018]
ISBN: 9780310761914
Call Number: TEEN FIC ALE
Characteristics: 448 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Hess, Mary Rand - Author
Bib Control Number: 991914


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Jul 15, 2020

Age Rating: 13+
Achieving "cool" seems to evade seventeen-year-old Noah and his best friend Walt "Swing'. Not making the baseball team 3 years in a row, not getting the dream girl, was all part of the norms for them both. Well until it wasn't. As these mysterious 1960s love letters turn up in Noah'd hand, he falls into a world of art, love, and jazz. With Walt's continuous support and optimism, things "seem" to be up for the better for them both...

I absolutely loved this book. Definitely one of my favorites. My favorite pieces from this book were "Men in Blue" and "I, Too?". I don't read poetry much, but Kwame Alexander is my exception. I was in tears when I finished. This book was so moving and so relevant to times right now (July 2020). Please Please read this book it is definitely worth your time.

Feb 12, 2019

This one just did not gel. There were some really good parts (like the art) and some filler and than an ending out of left field. Definitely not my favorite in the Kwame Alexander body of work.

LPL_EricaS Dec 07, 2018

Kwame Alexander’s poetic style is a perfect match for handling the complex relationships in this novel in verse. He tells the story of Walt, who wants to be called Swing, and Noah, two high school juniors on the quest to find cool and a spot on the school’s baseball team. Walt is such an optimistic character (he even gets Hug Life tattooed on his arm instead of Thug Life) that you can’t help falling in love with him. He’s trying his best to share his enthusiasm for life with Noah and encourages his to profess his love to Samantha. After gaining some inspiration and courage from a jazz musician’s old love letters, he begins to create his own mixed-media masterpieces that find their way into Sam’s hands. At the same time this love story is weaving through the pages, another more troubling plot starts picking up. A plot that involves American flags, broken hearts, and a city’s unrest.

OPL_KrisC Sep 04, 2018

In this powerful and moving novel-in-verse from Kwame Alexander, Noah is trying to find a way to let his best friend know that he likes her as more than a friend while another friend tries to give him advice. But then something happens to change everything....


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