Age: 12 and up (clean)
Genre: YA Coming of Age/Contemporary
For fans of: John Green
Summary: Sixteen year old Helen Schwann was abandoned on the steps of a church as an infant. The only reminder of who she was is a necklace that was wrapped in the blanket with her, which she kept through the years, hoping it would reveal her parent’s fate and her true identity.
Just when she finally accepts her life’s mystery she meets two people that tell her things about herself that she never knew, teach her to accept who she is, why she is here, and show her that the way to one’s true self is through the heart of another.
‘A Cygnet’s Tail’ is an intriguing adaption of the children’s tail of the Ugly Duckling that Susan Burdorf has updated for today’s young adults.
5 Star Review: Susan Burdorf is a great storyteller! This book will keep you involved from beginning to end, whether Helen is fighting with her arch nemesis, falling in love, or trying to figure out who she is. This story holds several important messages about being in charge of your own destiny and believing in yourself. A great read for anyone, especially young girls whose self image is challenged every day. – by Erin Danzer on May 24, 2015
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