Swampy Jo is the coming-of-age story of a girl on the cusp of womanhood. Fourteen-year-old Sarah Jo (nicknamed Swampy Jo for her poor hygiene) is disappearing. Her obsession with diet and exercise is slowly erasing her. Can she piece together the puzzle of dirty secrets that have led to her parents’ divorce, her mother’s nervous breakdown, and her aunt’s obsession with cleaning? Left alone to cope, Swampy Jo must decipher the sign of the Mystic Cross in time to save the life of a remote but compelling boy, whose fate, she learns, is mysteriously linked to hers.