Boy on a swing questions and answers

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Swing by Kwame Alexander

Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen-year-old Noah. He and his best friend Walt (aka Swing) have been cut from the high school baseball team for the third year in a row, and it looks like Noah’s love interest since third grade, Sam, will never take it past the “best friend” zone. Noah would love to retire his bat and accept the status quo, but Walt has big plans for them both, which include making the best baseball comeback ever, getting the girl, and finally finding cool.

To go from lovelorn to ladies’ men, Walt introduces Noah to a relationship guru—his Dairy Queen-employed cousin, Floyd—and the always informative Woohoo Woman Podcast. Noah is reluctant, but decides fate may be intervening when he discovers more than just his mom’s birthday gift at the thrift shop. Inside the vintage Keepall is a gold mine of love letters from the 1960s. Walt is sure these letters and the podcasts are just what Noah needs to communicate his true feelings to Sam. To Noah, the letters are more: an initiation to the curious rhythms of love and jazz, as well as a way for him and Walt to embrace their own kind of cool. While Walt is hitting balls out of the park and catching the eye of the baseball coach, Noah composes anonymous love letters to Sam in an attempt to write his way into her heart. But as things are looking up for Noah and Walt, a chain of events alters everything Noah knows to be true about love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate. 

In Swing, bestselling authors Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (Solo) present a free-verse poetic story that will speak to anyone who’s struggled to find their voice and take a swing at life.
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Ringo is a wonderful man who makes literature interesting, and genuinely cares for students as if they were his children. If every Ghanaian teacher was as amazing as Ringo, I wouldn't be having problems with high school abroad more on that tomorrow. Slowly he moves to and fro, to and fro, then faster and faster he swishes up and down. His blue shirt billows in the breeze like a tattered kite. The world whirls by: east becomes west, north turns to south; the four cardinal points meet in his head. Where did I come from? When will I wear long trousers?

Simile is one of the dominant figures of speech used in the poem. In this confused state, the boy can no longer focus on the realities around him, nor on the origin of his identity. Again, there is the use of hyperbole. Thus the boy becomes dizzy, which significantly shows change both in movement and speed of the swing. When will I wear long trousers? Why was my father jailed?

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