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Swan Boy

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Swan Boy

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When Johnny moves house and starts a new school he has to deal with a bully who can't leave him alone. But help comes from an unexpected and surprising source and Johnny's growing power soon puts him in a very special place.
A chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in a school ballet. His teacher wants him to live the role, and when feathers start sprouting on his chest, Johnny begins to understand his true potential. But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself among all the chaos that is prevailing in his life.

When Johnny moves house and starts a new school he has to deal with a bully who can't leave him alone. But help comes from an unexpected and surprising source and Johnny's growing power soon puts him in a very special place.
A chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in a school ballet. His teacher wants him to live the role, and when feathers start sprouting on his chest, Johnny begins to understand his true potential. But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself among all the chaos that is prevailing in his life.

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  • Nikki Sheehan is the youngest daughter of a rocket scientist. Sheehan achieved a first class degree in linguistics and worked as a subtitler on Coronation Street and The Simpsons. She later studied developmental psychology and journalism and continues to work as a freelance journalist and copywriter, specializing in parenting features. Sheehan has three children and is also a story mentor with Little Green Pig (Ministry of Stories) helping children to access their creativity. In addition, Sheehan is also one of three organizers of Brighton Rocks Books, the first mini festival of children's writing in the area. Sheehan is also the author of Who Framed Klaris Cliff? published by O.U.P in 2014. She lives in Brighton, U.K.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 5, 2016
    “Much like Dr. Who... our bodies regenerate, and they also change.” That’s an understatement for Johnny Emin, who isn’t just going through puberty but starting to sprout swan feathers on his chest. It all began when a swan attacked a bully who was picking on Johnny, who has recently moved to a new neighborhood in North London. The next thing Johnny knows, the “Populars” at school are taunting him with the nickname “Swan Boy,” he’s given the lead role in his school’s production of Swan Lake, he repeatedly crosses paths with the swan, and his mysterious physical transformation continues to progress. Johnny is also dealing with the aftermath of his father’s sudden death and taking care of his grieving mother and younger brother. Via the unusual magical realism elements, Sheehan believably presents Johnny’s growth as he comes to terms with his loss, matures, and makes new friends. Though the third-person narrative largely focuses on Johnny’s thoughts and worries, Sheehan highlights moments involving other key characters, adding further depth in this insightful story about bereavement and bullying. Ages 9–13.

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