Tween years are a time when you're not still a kid, not yet a full-blown teenager, years of exploration
of life and discovery of life's expectancies. With a nickname like "Groovy," you'd think that Eleanor would
have an easy time of it as she cruises the streets of her famous Pacific town, waiting for the swallows to
Groovy's world is rocked one day and her path changes direction when she and her dad are taking a walk
and he's suddenly picked up by the police. Groovy's mother is hesitant, but carefully reveals the reason
behind his arrest—and what Groovy hears turns her world upside down. She has to figure out another
way to achieve her dream of attending culinary school. She turns to her friend, Frankie, for help. But
Frankie is suffering his own parental pains when his long-lost mother reappears. What follows is a lesson
of forgiveness and acceptance of people for what and who they are.
The author successfully captures the ups and downs of a young girl who has an extra problem piled on as
she enters her teenage years. Fitzmaurice illustrates how the character finds ways to cope and find a new
way to fulfill her goals. She draws the reader into the life of the young teen in an endearing manner, and
you feel like you know Groovy. Like the love of family and the return of the swallows, things you can count
on and the message of forgiveness come through loud and clear. I look forward to more tales of Eleanor
"Groovy" Robinson and hope the author will turn this book into a series.