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Sway [Kindle Edition]

Amber McRee Turner
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Book Description

For four long months, ten-year-old Cass has been dreaming of the day her mom, Toodi, will come home. But when Toodi's welcome back party takes a turn for the disastrous, Cass finds herself stuck alone with her dull-as-dirt dad, who insists that they set off for the summer on a mysterious adventure-just the two of them. It turns out Cass's dad has some big-time surprises up his sleeve. Once they hit the road in an old RV named The Roast, he introduces her to the amazing power of "Sway," a seemingly magical force that can bring inspiration and joy to people in major need of help. Cass can think of one particular person who could really use some Sway. If only she could track down Toodi, Cass knows she could convince her mom to come home. But with the help of a little home-spun magic, Cass realizes that the things she needs most have always been within her reach.

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About the Author

Amber McRee Turner ( lives and writes in Germantown, Tennessee. She is a proud mother, a fan of Mary Poppins, and an easy laugher. This is her first book for children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3369 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZV2KDW
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An "Awes" book. :) July 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was well written & fun to read. The author makes you feel like you are right in the story with Cass & her dad. I have already recommended it to several people. It is perfect for 10-13 year olds (but also great for grownups too). :)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soapernatural Wonders! May 25, 2012
By Tish
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Deliciously unique language, quirky but believable characters, realism that is oh-so-magical, tears, laughter, a life-changing message and the perfect heart-swelling ending. Oh, and lots of old soap. It's like nothing I've ever read! A couple of movies I've loved are brought to mind..."Big Fish" and "O, Brother, Where Art Thou?" I had to see those more than once and I'm on read #3 of Sway! Cass, M.B. McClean and the Belfuss Family Crawfish Boil will surely be seen on the big screen someday! A great book (and, hopefully, movie) for any age. Big hits for Disney, I'm sure!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zingle. May 24, 2012
I read this book to my 11 year old & 8 year old sons. LOVED it. We had to read the last chapter in the morning before school, because they had to know how it ended. They couldn't wait one more night. In love with the way she tells a has that foot loose and fancy free feel of childhood and a bonus, a book without vampires or wizards!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary turns Extraordinary June 14, 2012
Beautiful story!! Absolutely fantastic debut novel by Amber McRee Turner!

The story begins with 10 year old Cass, named after the Castanea dentata tree, waiting for her Mother to return from a 4 month rescue mission in flood ridden Missouri. Why Mother Toodi is off saving widows and orphans in nature torn areas, Cass is home with Dad Douglass, who is a janitor in the school year, meat sales man in the summer. Cass keeps a journal called the Book of In-Betweens where she doodles and takes notes for things to tell her mom in between her rescue adventures.

Dad has been working on the RV, the Roast he calls it, getting it ready for a big adventure of the summer, wanting to take Toodi and Cass on the road and help people together. This time when Toodi returns, things are different. Mom immediately is heading out to FL to help some orphaned children there, though we see from the dialogue with Toodi and Douglas that it isn't a trip for rescue, but that she is leaving them for good.

Douglas wants to show Cass that he can be a hero too, that they can get along fine without Toodi and that he is able to be creative and fun.. knowing in his mind that Toodi is not going to return.

He finds a suitcase in the attic with old soaps, initialed with famous peoples names. He tells Cass about his plan to stop at the nearest town they come across once they spot a lone shoe and share the 'Sway' with them. That if they wash with these soaps, they will take on characteristics of the famous person the soap once belonged to. He has a costume that transforms him to M.B. McLean and the wonders begin with Cass as his assistant.

Watch where the magic takes them and the Sway they have on the people they meet.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toni-AnnI Koren May 25, 2012
By Toni
The magical principle of "Sway" is unfolded through the the eyes of pre-teen eleven year old Cass who is facing real life, soon to be real teen issues at home. Amber McRee Turner's novel teaches not only Cass, but also her readers that we each hold within us the power to deeply affect the lives of those around us. A fun, adventurous method to deliver a suggestion of hope and encouragement is unveiled and helps Cass and her father reach out to others in need. In turn, Cass and her father reach out to each other forming a father-daughter bond that will last a life time. This delightful novel touched me so deeply that I even develop my own new mantra. Simply put, live my life today and every day the "Sway" way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I Can Say is Wow! June 13, 2013
I got this as a free book from Starbucks. I teach third grade and love to read books written for kids and teens. I thought Sway was well-written, heartfelt, and had a great message. As a child of divorced parents, I really identified with Cass' feelings of confusion, abandonment, and anger. It's hard when you find out your parents aren't who you thought they were, but are only human, just like you. Great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars colorful, amusing use of language January 19, 2013
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I enjoyed the book. The 10-year old's thoughts and way of looking at the world are captured effortlessly and the use of language to create images, along with puns and the double entendre is priceless!

I recommend reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and heartwarming read January 19, 2013
When I stop in at Starbucks, I sometimes grab one of the cards they give away with a code for a free song on iTunes. On my last trip to Starbucks, I saw the cards and was surprised to find that they were not giving out a song this time around, but an e-book. The cover showed a young girl looking up at a very tall tree and the title "Sway." Since it was free, I thought I'd give "Sway" a try, and I read my first book entirely on an iPhone. I thought it would get super annoying to have only small amounts of text at a time on the screen, but after a few pages, I didn't even notice and got wrapped up in the story instead. All 894 tiny pages skipped by as I followed ten-year-old Cass and her emotional and physical journey discovering magic and the truth about her family.

Cass thinks her mom, Toodi Bleu Nordenhauer, is the biggest hero there is, and she wants to be just like her. Toodi helps rescue people who are in danger following natural disasters, which unfortunately means she is away from home a lot. Cass just knows her mom is going to take her along on her next rescue mission and train Cass to save people, too, but when her mom comes home she has a different surprise instead: she is moving to Florida to be part of a different family. Cass doesn't understand, and she and her father are left shattered. But soon her dad comes up with a new plan for them involving a beat-up old motor home nicknamed "The Roast," a suitcase, and a bunch of old slivers of soap that just might contain the magic they need to get their lives back together.

Author Amber McRee Turner has created a very likable character in Cass, a girl with a lot of spunk, heart, and creativity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Never read this book but I herd it was good
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Sway
Sway, by Amber McRee Turner was a great book to read. It was a page turning novel about a young girl, her dad, and the magical power of "sway". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kptoomey
4.0 out of 5 stars It was amazing
It was a good heartwarming book. It was thrilling with a few sad moments. The verses sounded very strong with hope and encouragement.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great story.
I couldn't put this down. It was a great story.
Published 5 months ago by ltmoran49
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading it with my 11 year old daughter
This is a very endearing book. I really enjoyed reading it with my 11 year old daughter. I laughed and I cried. Beautifully written.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book loved the story!!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
I started at about 9:00 pm and finished at 12 :20pm. I just couldn't stop reading the book!!! Great book.
Published 9 months ago by ctr12
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful.
I loved it. I wanted to cry. Very good book, you should read it. It is just a wonderful and spectacular book!
Published 9 months ago by Kendra Altrock
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Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sway
I like this book a whole bunch. y'all go and read our now. you won't regret it at all. m'kay. buh bye now.
Published 14 months ago by Adrienne
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