Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Novel

Kat Spears

St. Martin's Griffin






The first time I ever heard Bridget Smalley's name, it was a day like any other. There was no reason for me to think everything was about to change. That's the way life happens, why you have to be able to see all the angles...


Praise for Sway

“Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A compelling debut told with swagger and real depth.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“Spears' debut novel sets an update on Cyrano de Bergerac in a contemporary high school, with noir undertones… Raw, honest…A gritty take on the male high school experience.” —Booklist

“Kat Spears debut novel is, quite simply, a delight. It has all the ingredients for an engaging and witty read, laced with honesty and insight that's refreshingly real…the story is gritty and real, unafraid to cross over into the darker sides of teenage life, and unapologetic in its witty and honest portrayal. If anything, Kat Spears may just be the one with some very valuable sway; get ready to be sold.” —Children's Book Review

“A page turner about high school's victims and villains -- and about layers of callousness that spring from true grief. ” —Meg Medina, Pura Belpre award-winning author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

“[The] characters are fantastic and real, but that plot? The licks and riffs that led to Jesse's transformation totally blew me away, every damn page.” —Gigi Amateau, author of Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Kat Spears

Kat Spears has worked as a bartender, museum director, housekeeper, park ranger, business manager, and painter (not the artistic kind). She holds an M.A. in anthropology, which has helped to advance her bartending career. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her three freeloading kids. Sway is her debut novel.

Kat Spears

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