The Year the Swallows Came Early

The Year the Swallows Came Early

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Eleanor "Groovy" Robinson loves cooking and plans to go to culinary school just as soon as she's old enough. But even Groovy's thoughtfully-planned menus won't fix the things that start to go wrong the year she turns eleven. Suddenly, her father is in jail, her best friend's long-absent mother reappears, and the swallows that make their annual migration to her hometown arrive surprisingly early. As Groovy begins to expect the unexpected, she learns about the importance of forgiveness, understands the complex stories of the people around her, and realizes that even an earthquake can't get in the way of a family that needs to come together.
Publisher: New York : Bowen Press, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061624971
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 19 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

This children's novel is set in the California town of San Juan Capistrano. Eleanor Robinson has the nickname Groovy, given to her by her father. She loves to cook and constantly works to develop her skills planning to go to cooking school one day. She is friends with the owners of a local restaurant The Swallow and often helps them out. Groovy's father is a bit of a drifter, and keeps changing jobs, while her mother is a hairstylist hooked on horoscopes. As the book opens, Groovy's dad is pulled aside as they are walking to his new job, and arrested. While this naturally upsets her, she looks to her mother for answers and finds they are more complex than she imagined. As she relies on her friends for support, and helps them with their own problems, she also learns more about her own family history and the great-grandmother she is named for.
This is a book of friends, of forgiveness, and of family and offers many discussion points for young readers.

cstanley80 May 16, 2012

Read this with your children if you want a fabulous springboard for discussing anger, forgiveness and family relationships.


Add Age Suitability
cstanley80 May 16, 2012

cstanley80 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at MORE

To Top