But for Xavier's twelfth birthday, he receives a pair of funky socks and a challenge from his great-uncle, Frankie Bell, saying it's time to swag out and speak up. First on the list: get into the legendary Scepter League. Xavier's grandfather, great-uncle, and father were all invited to join the elite boys' after-school club that admits only the most suave and confident young men. Xavier has never had the courage to apply before, but his wild socks are getting him some big attention, so maybe it's time to come out of the shadows and follow in his family's footsteps. Or maybe Xavier will march down a new path altogether.
Kelly J. Baptist is the inaugural winner of the We Need Diverse Books short-story contest. Her story is featured in the WNDB anthology Flying Lessons & Other Stories and inspired her first full-length novel, Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero. Kelly is also the author of the picture book The Electric Slide and Kai. The Swag Is in the Socks was inspired by Kelly's love of unique and creative socks, as well as her older sister's hero work as a speech-language pathologist. When she's not writing, Kelly is usually thinking about writing . . . and dreaming of palm trees while living in southwest Michigan. She keeps beyond busy with her five amazing children, who always give her plenty of story ideas and background noise to write to. Find Kelly at kellyiswrite.com.
- Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (November 2, 2021)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- ISBN-10: 059338086X
- ISBN-13: 9780593380864
- Reading age: 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure: 760L
- Grade level: 3 - 7
- Item Weight: 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions: 5.75 x 0.82 x 8.5 inches