The Swap

Megan Shull. HarperCollins/Tegen, $16.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-06-231169-6
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.)
Reviewed on: 06/23/2014
Release date: 08/01/2014
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-0-06-231170-2
Ebook - 400 pages - 978-0-06-231171-9
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4676-8358-6
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-06-234677-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-4830-0587-4
Compact Disc - 978-1-4830-0588-1
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