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The swap
Shull, Megan, author.
Personal Author:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
383 pages ; 22 cm
When seventh-grader Ellie, who is having best-friend problems, and eighth-grader Jack, who is under tremendous pressure from his father, switch bodies and lives, they learn a great deal about themselves and the opposite sex.
Reading Level:
Ages 10 and up.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.8 11.0 170295.

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Now a Disney Channel Original Movie, Megan Shull's smart and funny twist on Freaky Friday is perfect for fans of Wendy Mass, Jerry Spinelli, and Jon Scieszka!

With one random wish, Jack and Ellie are living life in each other's shoes. He's her. And she's him. ELLIE assumed popular guys didn't worry about body image, being perfect, or talking to girls, but acting like you're cool with everything is tougher than it looks. JACK thought girls had it easy--no fights with bullies, no demanding dads, no power plays--but facing mean girls at sleepovers and getting grilled about your period is way harder than taking a hit to the face at sports practice.

Now they're dealing with each other's middle school dramas--locker room teasing, cliques, video game battles, bra shopping, and a slew of hilariously awkward moments--until they hopefully switch back! Told in both Jack's and Ellie's voices, The Swap offers a fresh and honest take on tween friendship, all while exploring more serious themes of family, loss, empathy, and what it really means to be yourself. And as Jon Scieszka says, it's "seriously, truly, fearlessly funny!"

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

With a sense of fun but also an eye to her classic premise's therapeutic potential, Shull (Amazing Grace, 2005) has middle-school students Jack and Ellie switch bodies for a mutually salutary weekend. Outwardly, Jack is a popular, smoking-hot superjock, and Ellie is a shy loner with major self-esteem issues in the wake of her BFF's transformation into a particularly vicious mean girl. Both proceed to have eye-opening experiences as, despite their best efforts, Jack is corralled into a beauty-salon makeover and sleepover while Ellie finds herself living with three older brothers in a rigidly regimented household and partying with rowdy guy friends. There are also the expected experiences of puberty: the author gives Ellie a couple of nonexplicit boners, and Jack just misses being present for a first period. It's the fresh perspective that each brings to the other's life and family that works the most profound changes; by the time they switch back (and form a close, if platonic, bond), they have learned to appreciate their worth and form better relations with their overbearing single parents. A few too many wordy lectures and life lessons aside, this is an entertaining variation on a familiar theme.--Peters, John Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's a familiar premise: two kids, struggling in their own situations, somehow switch places and experience each other's lives, which then helps them gain an appreciation for their own; Shull's twist is that the two kids are of different genders. Seventh-grader Ellie O'Brien is struggling to fit in ever since her former best friend turned on her. Popular eighth-grader Jack Malloy just wants to play hockey with his older brothers, but his strict father thinks life is about striving for perfection. Ellie and Jack barely know each other, but when a chance meeting in the nurse's office results in a body-switch for the weekend, they get to walk in each other's shoes-and discover they kind of like them, even despite some awkward moments involving unfamiliar body parts. Shull (Amazing Grace) keeps this story fast and fun (though the body-switched scenes take some getting used to, at least initially). No real surprises are in store, but the premise will still leave readers with plenty to think about. Ages 10-14. Agent: Margaret Riley King, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-This is realistic fiction with a twist-two characters form an unlikely friendship when they swap bodies. Meet Ellie: a girl who lives with her mom and is entering seventhÃ…grade with her former best friend, Sassy. Sassy is crazy in love with Jack Malloy, "The Prince." Jack, an eighth grader, has it all: good grades, athletic ability, great manners, and good looks to boot. When circumstances land both Jack and Ellie in the nurse's office on the first day of school, they admire the ease at which each other has it in life. The next thing they know, that strange new nurse is gone and they are in each other's bodies. Now they have to make it through the weekend-filled with soccer tryouts, doctor appointments, hockey practice, and sleepovers-before they can get the nurse to switch them back. Told in alternating perspectives, Shull creates two authentic main characters with unique tween voices. They deal with familial issues (death, divorce) as well as social (bullying, sibling relationships, friends) with clumsy grace. The book is heartbreaking and hilarious-truly evocative of middle school experiences. A great, entertaining read that will appeal to boys and girls. Readers may wonder what happened to the nurse and yearn for an explanation of the switch, but ultimately this is a highly recommended purchase.-Stephanie DeVincentis, Downers Grove North High School, IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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