Annotated Bibliography/Reflection

Annotated Bibliography

The author of Swing Time is Zadie Smith. Smith was born October 27, 1975 in London. Smith was the daughter of a Jamaican mother and an English father. She began writing at a young age, and studied English literature at the University of Cambridge. The first piece of writing that she submitted was White Teeth. Smiths second novel The Autograph Man was published in 2002. Smith has been a very successful author.

The novel Swing Time is about two girls, Tracey and the narrator. They met in a dance class in London. The narrator was a very good student who thrived, but while Tracey was talented she had trouble in school, which was probably because of her home life. Later in the story the narrator became the assistant to a pop-Star names Aimee. Eventually that came to an end. After that, Aimee started to like Lamin, but Lamin liked the narrator. Later in the book Aimee revealed that Lamin and the narrator slept together. This is the reason that the narrator was fired. Aimee felt betrayed because she liked Lamin, so she fired the narrator. After that we find out that the narrator’s mother is in Hospice. Tracey’s kids apparently need to be taken away from her, so they can be better cared for. At the end of the book we find out that the narrator’s mother dies, and the narrator finally finds peace. While I did enjoy this book I found it kind of hard to get into. I feel like books like these are very good, but aren’t for people like me. Personally I do not like reading at all, and I feel like this book made it even harder for me because I just could not get into it.

Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Serafina Series. Beatty lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife and three daughters. Serafina and the Black Cloak was a #1 New York times best seller for 59 weeks. Before Beatty started writing he wa a successful entrepreneur in the tech world. He was founder, CEO, and chief architect of Plex systems.

The book Serafina and the Black Cloak, is about a young girl named Serafina who lives in the basement of the famous Biltmore estate. Serafina lives with her “pa”. Her Pa have her two rules to live by. Rule #1 was to not let anyone know that she exists except for her pa, and rule #2 was to not go into the deep dark forest, especially at night. Serafina noticed that children who lived in the Biltmore were going missing one by one, and she needed to do something about it before all of them were gone. She teamed up with an unlikely partner, Braeden, and they set out to find what was taking the kids. The man in the black cloak A.K.A. Mr.Thorne, was the one taking the kids using his cloak and stealing the kids talents to be used as his own. From then on they come up with a plan to fight the man.

The Blind Side: Evolution of a game was written by Michael Lewis. Lewis was born October 15, 1960, and has a wife and three kids. He is an american non-fiction author and financial journalist.

The Blind Side: Evolution of a game is all about the beginning scene of the movie. This is a very detailed description on ho Joe Theismann’s football career came to an abrupt end. A major part of this passage is fear, and how fear drives people. Lawrence Taylor might have been the most feared football player to ever play the game. On line 5 of the 2nd paragraph Lewis says “Parcels, whose passion is the football defense, believed that fear played a big role in the game.

Blogs vs Term Papers was written by Matt Richtel. Richtel is an American writer and journalist born on October 2, 1966. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, and won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

The article Blogs vs Term Papers is about how blogs are more effective than term papers. Term papers are almost always frowned upon by students. Students don’t like being forced to write papers on things that they have learned in that class, and this is where blogs come in. Blogs can be a fun alternative to term papers. I say fun, but honestly it can be less of a hassle to write a blog than a term paper.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Was written by Jean M. Twenge. Twenge is an American psychologist researching generational differences. She was born in 1971, has three daughters, and studied at the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Is all about how smartphones have affected the lives of millennials today. Almost every kid that you see walking down the street over the age of ten has a smartphone. In her article Twenge goes on to explain that kids having access to their smartphones all day every day can be a problem min the future, and she recommends going outside and leaving the electronics in the house.

Snow Day was written by Billy Collins. Collins is an American poet born March 22, 1941. He attended the University of California, riverside, and is married.

Snow Day is about a day where school and everything is canceled because of snow. The poem describes a child’s morning to mid-day activities while he/she is as home during the snow. The poet goes on to describe that they person that they poem is describing is eavesdropping into conversations of two little girls outside near a fence.

The aspect of work that I consider my best is my monthly letters. I say this because I feel when I have the ability to write whatever I like, I then write my best pieces. I have sent every one of my letters home to my family, and I get text messages from my mom when they receive them. Even though my handwriting is not the best, they very much appreciate me writing to them. I just feel like writing without having to worry about a grade relaxes me more to a point that I can write better. I think I have grown a lot as a writer in this course. I know a lot more than I did when I started, and am glad that I learned these things. I think the main part that has developed my writing skills are writing about the books we’ve read. I think this makes me think deeper than I usually would, and bring out the best in my writing.


Works Cited

Beatty, Robert. “Robert Beatty – Author of Serafina and the Black Cloak.” Serafina and the Black Cloak,

Collins, Billy. “The First Night.”, Academy of American Poets, 5 May 2015,

Lewis, Michael. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, Chapter One Excerpt. Norton, 2006. Pp. 15-16

Richtel, Matt. “Matt Richtel.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 25 Apr. 2018,

Smith, Zadie. Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Zadie Smith.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 27 Feb. 2018,

Twenge, Jean M. “Jean M. Twenge.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company,


Swing Time Critical Analysis


The Driving Force

“Swing Time” by Zadie Smith is about two African-American girls who dream of dancing. One of the girls, Tracey, has talent, and is very good at dancing. The other girl does not have talent, but has many ideas of rhythm and time. Tracey struggles with her adult life while her friend leaves the old neighborhood. The setting goes from Northwest London to Africa. Tracey eventually descends into poverty and looks to her friend for help.

The friendship between Tracey and the narrator is was very strong from the start. No matter what happened between the two of them, they would always find their way back to one another and lean on one another. In the beginning of the book the narrator says “I met Tracey at ten a.m. on that Saturday, walking through the sandy gravel of a churchyard, each holding our mother’s hand. There were many other girls present but for some obvious reasons we noticed each other.”(Smith 2016). The narrator talks about the first time her and Tracey met. They were walking through a churchyard, and layed eyes on each other. They girls looked very similar to each other, so that was a big reason that they stood out to each other. Right from the start the narrator and Tracey had some sort of a connection to one another. On page 314 the narrator says “I remember in particular two barefoot girl children walking down the road, hand in hand, they looked like best friends.” (Smith 2016). I think that Zadie Smith added this to be kind of a flashback to when Tracey and the narrator had just met.  I think that this made Tracey and the narrator think about their childhood. I think this is a key quote in the book because Tracey and the narrator had betrayed each other, and were not near as close as they used to be, and this was kind of a reminder how long they’ve been together. At the end of the book the narrator says “I was about to enter the stairwell when I heard music, stopped and looked up. She was right above me, on her balcony, in a dressing gown and slippers, her hands in the air, turning, turning, her children around her, everybody dancing.”(Smith 2016). I think that this explains what I was saying about how they will always come back together and be with each other no matter what. The novel is driven as much by jealousy and competition as by love and loyalty. Tracey and the narrator betrayed each other, but at the end of it all, and at the end of the book they were brought back together by love and loyalty.

Like stated before, Tracey was the more talented of the two. Tracey was a very talented dancer while the narrator had ideas about rhythm and time. They loved to compete against each other. No matter what happened between them, no matter how jealous and competitive they were, at the end of it all there was nothing but love and loyalty between the two girls.

Work Cited

Smith, Zadie. Swing Time. 2016. Penguin, 2017.



Spencer Norris

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  • Rutherfordton, North Carolina, 28139
  • Lenoir Rhyne University
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RutherfordtonNorth CarolinaGraduated June 2017

Honor roll all four years, All-State football player.

Employment History

Food Lion
RutherfordtonNorth CarolinaApril 2015 – May 2017

Learned how to better communicate with people, and help with their problems.

A little about me.

My name is Spencer Norris, and a huge part of life is football. The main reason I came to Lenoir-Rhyne University is because of football. My dad played football here at Lenoir-Rhyne University from 1989-1992. I knew a little about the school, and as soon as I came for a visit I knew it was home for me. I have played football since the 6th grade, and I have loved every minute of it. I have always wanted to play football in college, and to get the opportunity to do that at a school like this is a dream come true. My first year of football has been good, and with the help of a brand new coaching staff I feel like net year will be very much improved.