The Swifts

By Beth Lincoln


Publication Date: February 7, 2023

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

Shenanigan Swift is the definition of mischief. But when the Swift Family Reunion suddenly turns into a murder mystery, Shenanigan is determined to follow the clues and be the one to save her family.

A celebration of words and individuality, The Swifts is a remarkable debut that is both brilliantly contemporary and instantly classic.

shenanigan, noun

1. Tomfoolery, skulduggery, mischief of all varieties

2. A devious trick for an underhanded purpose

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 everyone assumes they will grow up to match. 

The reunion is only a day away and Shenanigan, troublemaker and mischief enthusiast, has been rattling around the grand old Swift House, plotting future crimes and planning the hunt for Grand-Uncle Vile’s long-lost treasure. She's excited to finally meet her rogue’s gallery of relatives—until one of them gives Aunt Schadenfreude a deadly shove down the stairs.

With some help from her sisters and their newly befriended cousin Erf, can Shenanigan catch the killer? And in a world where definitions are so important, how will she define herself?

About the Author

Beth Lincoln is Northern, queer and perpetually hungry. A dilettante if you want to be fancy and a chronic dabbler if you don't, Beth has one degree that says she can read, another that says she can write, and a love of word games, puzzles, Oxford commas, and puns. The Swifts is her debut novel.

Author Residence: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

Format: Hardcover

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: February 7, 2023

ISBN: 9780593533239

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