Swimming Against the Storm

Jess Butterworth

Swimming Against the Storm
Hachette Children's Group
United Kingdom
9 April 2019

Swimming Against the Storm

Jess Butterworth

Our land is sinking. It’s disappearing into the water. And no one knows how to save it.       

Twelve-year-old Eliza and her sister Avery have lived their entire lives in a small fishing village on the coast of Louisiana, growing up alongside turtles, pelicans and porpoises. But now, with sea levels rising, their home is at risk of being swept away.         

Determined to save the land, Eliza and her younger sister Avery secretly go searching in the swamp for the dangerous, wolf-like loup-garou. If they can prove this legendary creature exists, they’re sure that the government will have to protect its habitat - and their community.         

But there’s one problem: the loup-garou has never been seen before. And with a tropical storm approaching and the sisters deep, deep in the swampland, soon it’s not just their home at risk, but their lives as well…


Set in a tiny fishing village of Southern Louisiana, Swimming Against the Storm effortlessly captures the slow, humid atmosphere of the bayou, the tidal rhythms of life built on shrimp fishing and the vagaries of a climate that can lull you into a false sense of security and then strike without warning like a swamp ’gator.

Close sisters Avery and Eliza grew up exploring this unique and beautiful wetland and know its dangers only too well, but when rising sea levels threaten to destroy their home, they must team up with two friends and venture deep into the swampland on a secret mission to save their community. Avery becomes lost in the depths of the swamp and the children must find her before a tropical storm makes landfall.

This is a compelling page-turner with short, punchy chapters, cleverly crafted for maximum impact. Brimming with mystery and suspense, this captivating survival-against-the-odds adventure is both a celebration of sisterly love and a saga of friendship and courage guaranteed to take hold of the reader like a giant river eel with a crawfish.

Very highly recommended for those who love nailbiting adventures, aged 9+.

Athina Clarke is the children’s book buyer at Readings Malvern.

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