I'm delighted to learn that The Year the Swallows Came Early has been selected by Bookpage as one of their ten Best Books (middle grade novels) for 2009. Here's the link:
What's also very nice is that Ann Martin's Everything for a Dog is on that list. In case you don't know, Ann Martin graciously read Swallows before it went to print, and then gave us a quote for the book, which is now on the back cover. Even before she did this, though, I was a big Ann Martin fan. My favorite of her's being A Corner of the Universe.
How did she think up, in what is my opinion, such a perfect title? It's right up there with The Deep End of he Ocean.