The Crystal Swan

The Crystal Swan by Suzan Tanner
Suzan Tanner
Grateful Steps
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  MNo2
Thirteen year old Leah Ward has been having a great school year, getting ready for a school dance and practicing for her upcoming baseball games. Then one day her mother asks Leah to come with her to the Shady Springs old folks home to help pass out food baskets. Leah makes up every excuse possible, but her mother forces her to go or else she will be grounded. Once they get to Shady Springs Leah is very agitated, and refuses to even talk to any of the old people living at Shady Springs. When they come down to the last room occupied by a mysterious old lady named Mrs. Hubbard, who claims to be a gypsy, Leah is left by herself to deliver the basket. Once inside the dark room she is given a strange crystal swan by Mrs. Hubbard. Now, ever since Leah has taken possession of the crystal swan, strange things have been happening to her and she must get to the bottom of this bizarre mystery.

I have to say I didn't like this book at all. I got it knowing that it was for ages 9-12, but thinking that it might be okay for a 14 year old to read. It lacked a lot of details and you couldn't get the feel of any of the characters I might recommend this book to younger kids.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: , New Mexico USA


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  TKono
"The Crystal Swan" by Suzan Tanner McCoury is an appropriate novel for young readers. The plot revolves around thirteen-year-old Leah. Leah goes to a nursing homes against her wishes to help out her mother volunteer. Not fond of elderly persons, Leah's sour disposition is clear to those at the nursing home. Speaking to the elderly, Leah is very incorrigible. Before she finally leaves, one older woman gives her a crystal swan. Shortly thereafter, the girl has disturbing "episodes," which are really flashbacks of elderly people of when they were young. Convinced Leah is mentally unstable, her mother brings her to a psychiatrist. At the conclusion of the novel, Leah discovers the mystery of the swan, and her mother is convinced of her sanity in a plot-twisting ending.

What's great about this novel is that it revolves around young teenagers and teenage issues while not at all bordering on inappropriateness or vulgarity. Leah and her friends, like all girls that age, are a bit boy-crazy. However, the extent of the romance is a hug and giggling. Additionally, there is an air of mysteriousness that is not too scary for the reader. Young ones will get excited about the events without being too horrified to keep turning the pages. Overall, this book is a quick read and great segway into chapter books for young readers that want a suspenseful glimpse into teenage life.

Reviewer Age:18

Reviewer City, State and Country:Staten Island, N.Y., USA


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