Dutton's THE SWIFTS Takes Home the Barnes & Noble Children's Book Award!


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THE SWIFTS: A Dictionary of Scoundrels by debut author Beth Lincoln (Dutton Books for Young Readers) is the Young Reader Winner and the Overall Winner of the Barnes & Noble Children’s Book Awards! The Barnes & Noble raves, “Shenanigan, Phenomena and Arch-Aunt Schadenfreude won over booksellers nationwide and deserve a spot on the shelf of every young reader.”

The recipient of five starred reviews, Beth Lincoln’s wild and hilarious debut is a delightful, Clue-like whodunit with every-heightening stakes and a cast of colorful characters that celebrates words and individuality. The book follows Shenanigan Swift, little sister, risk-taker, and mischief-maker as she sets out to save her family and define herself in a world where definitions are so important.

Beth Lincoln, image from B&N.

On the day they are born, every Swift child is brought before the sacred Family Dictionary. They are given a name, and a definition. A definition it is assumed they will grow up to match. Shenanigan Swift is getting ready for the big Swift Family Reunion and plotting her next great scheme: hunting for Grand-Uncle Vile’s long-lost treasure. She’s excited to finally meet her arriving relatives—until one of them gives Arch-Aunt Schadenfreude a deadly shove down the stairs. So what if everyone thinks she’ll never be more than a troublemaker, just because of her name? Shenanigan knows she can become whatever she wants, even a detective. And she’s determined to follow the twisty clues and catch the killer.

About Beth Lincoln
Beth Lincoln was raised in a former Victorian railway station in the North of England. Her childhood fears included porcelain dolls, the Durham panther, and wardrobes that looked at her funny. She grew neither tall nor wise, and never learned to play an instrument—but she did write stories, a bad habit that has persisted to this day. When she isn’t writing, Beth is woodcarving, or making a mess of her flat, or talking the nearest ear off about unexplained occurrences. Her favorite things include ghosts, crisps, and weird old words like bumbershoot and zounderkite.

Posted: May 16, 2023