The House Swap (Paperback)
The Parent Trap meets The Holiday in this heartwarming and funny story of two girls, one American and one British, who become friends and confidantes when their families swap houses, from the acclaimed author of Glitter Gets Everywhere.
Allie is British and dreams of being a spy. Sage is an only child from sunny California. They meet when their families swap houses for the summer.
Though they’re polar opposites, Allie and Sage quickly realize that they’re both dealing with family issues—Sage’s parents may be on the brink of divorce, and Allie’s struggling to feel heard in her big family. It may take a trip around the world for them to find their place at home.
This sweet and emotional story is told in alternating chapters from each girl’s point of view, offering two unique perspectives on family and belonging.
Yvette Clark is a Brit by birth and a New Yorker by design. An avid reader, writer, and trampoliner, Yvette lives in Manhattan with her husband, two children, and a blue cat named Beau. You can visit Yvette online at yvetteclark.com.
"A charming novel positioned as The Parent Trap meets The Holiday about life’s surprises as well as the trials and rewards of family life." — Publishers Weekly
"A tender story of two girls navigating complicated family lives and two poignant storylines that illustrate the value of learning to have hard conversations." — Kirkus Reviews
"A strong, heartwarming coming-of-age tale--will warm readers’ hearts." — School Library Journal
"Well-paced." — Booklist
PRAISE FOR Glitter Gets Everywhere: “Joy, sorrow, humor, hope—this book has it all. I loved every page. Kitty and I would have been great friends.” — Erin Entrada Kelly, author of Newbery Medal winner Hello, Universe and Newbery Honor winner We Dream of Space
"Delightful and utterly compelling. Glitter Gets Everywhere sparkles like the gem that it is." — Ann M. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Rain, Reign
“Kitty Wentworth draws readers into her personal journey through grief with surprising honesty and abundant humor. A touching debut that brims with authenticity. Well done!” — Leslie Connor, National Book Award Finalist, and author of A Home for Goddesses and Dogs
"A heartfelt novel that is sure to touch readers deeply, Glitter Gets Everywhere offers a gentle exploration of grief, sprinkled with moments of humor worthy of Louise Rennison. Kitty is an immensely loveable character, and middle graders will find her transatlantic adventures relatable, poignant and honest. I loved this book!"—Ali Standish, award-winning author of The Ethan I Was Before — Ali Standish, award-winning author of The Ethan I Was Before
"This tender, witty debut made me cry, laugh, and think deeply. Glitter Gets Everywhere sparkles with insights about the beautiful, complicated ways people move forward after a heartbreaking loss." — Laurie Morrison, Author of Up for Air and Saint Ivy
"The well-drawn characters are distinctive individuals who see things from different points of view. The narrative engages readers with its well-paced story and articulate portrayal of emotions. Clark portrays Kitty and her circle of family and friends with perception, wit, and finesse in this absorbing first novel." — Booklist (starred review)
"The heart-rending topic; the well-drawn family relationships; and Kitty’s brave, honest, and often funny responses to her tragedy are the soul of this book. Heartfelt and comforting." — Kirkus Reviews
"Clark offers a solid depiction of therapy as positive and sometimes necessary. Throughout, Kitty deals with her grief openly and honestly, doing her best to work through it. A touching story of grief and change." — School Library Journal
"With a deeply introspective bent that delves into the darkness of grief and the light found on the other side, Clark’s tender debut will strike a chord with readers who have experienced the loss of a loved one." — Publishers Weekly
"Kitty is a perceptive narrator, keenly aware of the emotional currents around her. Clark’s characters, both adult and child, are fully realized and slightly eccentric without being caricatures. The book takes a thoughtful approach to grief and recovery, exploring Kitty’s emotional growth in a nondidactic way." — The Horn Book