Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Swop The Satsuma-Sized Secret by Lucy Noguera & illustrated by Laura Ireland

Swop is a super cute pup that young readers will love. Perfect for Lower Key Two, this book is sure to become a favourite on classroom bookshelves.

Swop is the world’s smallest dog and just the distraction Ernie needs when his family moves to the city and he has to start over. Dad is gone and although Gran says he’ll never be far away, life is just different. Ernie isn’t sure about the new house or his new school. Swop will make everything easier – if he can keep him a secret.

Ernie’s first day at his new school was never going to run smoothly but when his little pup joins him, the day fills up with funny mishaps. There are so many places for a little dog to get into trouble at school. Ernie will need to keep his eyes open and decide if he can trust his new friend, Rafa, to help him keep his secret.

This inclusive book also includes Ernie’s sister, Ivy, who is deaf. Their cheeky, loving relationship and use of signing and lip reading to communicate is completely natural as they each navigate the move in their own way.

Swop has quickly become one of my favourite literary pups and I’m so glad we’ll get to meet him again in this touching series.

Thank you to Brilliant Monster Books for this gorgeous, fun story!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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