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Swan Song Reviews

Swan Song by Gill Lewis

Swan Song

Gill Lewis

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1 review

Category: Children's
Imprint: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781781129548

Dylan is struggling but when he's out on the water with his Grandad his mind clears and everything seems simpler. But his Grandad's beloved Whooper swans are under threat and it feels like everything that has made him feel safe is slipping away ... A profoundly moving novel on the redemptive, healing power of nature from bestseller Gill Lewis.

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
13 Feb 2021

"This urban duckling becomes something rather beautiful."

Her very urban, controlled son must acclimatise to a world with more freedom but no phone signal or wifi. His grandfather, dealing with his own grief, recognises that Dylan is depressed. Reading novels and learning to sail helps. But the thing that really makes a difference is his nurturing an injured swan; a popular trope in children’s books, but one rarely told with such sweetness and sensitivity.

When the swans’ field comes under threat from a developer and Grandad becomes ill, ecological activism and a crowd-funding scheme motivate Dylan and allow him to spread his wings. Lewis makes subtle points about the way children are raised and educated in 2021, while avoiding preachiness. This urban duckling becomes something rather beautiful.