The Seventeenth Swap
Jimmy will never walk. Eric knows that. So why does Jimmy want those hundred-percent red vinyl cowboy boots, with stitched black patterns, so much? He’ll never be able to even stand in them. But Eric knows Jimmy should have them. He deserves them. And Eric knows he has to buy them for Jimmy.
But that’s easier said then done. Jimmy’s own mother can’t afford them for the sake of doctor bills. Eric barely has any money himself. So how is he going to raise $18 for a pair of boots? There has to be some way.
Swapping. Maybe he could swap things — starting with his valuable triangle stamp — until he ended up with $18. It’s a daring scheme — sort of like tackling Mount Everest without equipment — and it probably is stupid. But if Eric doesn’t loose hope, it just might work…
In My Opinion…
Author: Eloise Jarvis McGraw
My Rating: 3 Stars
This is a good book, really well written, and I have it read twice now. The first time I finished it, I thought, “That was okay…I might read it again some day…” And read it again I did, and now I think, “That’s a very good book. I like it. I wouldn’t put it as my favourite, but I think it’s great.”
I like the author’s writing, and the whole thing makes sense, all the swapping, and though it’s not easy to keep up with Eric until his swapping plan comes to light, it’s not at all boring.
I think the main moral and point would be not to loose hope in the face of something impossible. To enjoy what you’re doing, and even if you don’t get there, keep trying, and you’ll get there eventually — wherever there may be.