Swan Boy

Pages: 240
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Rock the Boat

Swan Boy

Nikki Sheehan

An uplifting story about love, loss and the magic of change

The Book

Life isn't easy for Johnny. He is trying to help his mum, he is looking after his little brother and he is going to a new school. Then Liam Clarke starts to bully him and it all begins to get a lot worse. But when Johnny gets some very surprising help from an unexpected source his life takes a dramatic turn.

A magical story about finding your place and having the courage to fly.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 240
Imprint Rock the Boat


About the Author

Nikki Sheehan is the youngest daughter of a rocket scientist. Sheehan achieved a first class degree in linguistics and worked as a subtitler on Coronation Street and The Simpsons. She later studied developmental psychology and journalism and continues to work as a freelance journalist and copywriter, specialising in parenting features. Sheehan has three children and is also a story mentor with Little Green Pig (Ministry of Stories) helping children to access their creativity. In addition, Sheehan is also one of three organisers of Brighton Rocks Books, the first mini festival of children's writing in the area. Sheehan is also the author of Who Framed Klaris Cliff? Published by O.U.P in 2014.



'wonderful, heart felt and beautiful . . . utterly unpredictable'

- Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild

‘A complex and beautiful story, though-provoking and well-written'.

- Carousel

‘A moving story about grief, resilience and courage'.

- Financial Times

'A tender tale of friendship, loss and fitting in - or not…the main character, Johnny, and his younger brother Mojo, will tug at all heartstrings'

- Guardian

‘A beautiful and poignant story about friendship, acceptance and loss. Exquisite characterisation and lots of LEAPING.'  

- Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher

‘Just finished Swan Boy with a tear in my eye and fireworks in my heart. Tender, funny, wise and just a little bit magical.'

- Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild trilogy

‘An incredibly uplifting novel about learning to be yourself. I loved it.'

- Sarah Crossan, author of Apple and Rain

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