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Publisher Comments:

Emma:
Wants Jeff Matthews to notice her.
Hates sexist boys.
Wonders when she'll get her period.

Tom:
Must avoid looking like a wuss.
Must deal with his blended family.
Must get a chance with Kelly A.

Then something freaky happens: Emma and Tom switch bodies. And until they can find a remedy:

Emma:
Can't believe she has a...thingie.
Hates mean girls.
Finds out secondhand that her period has arrived.

Tom:
Must learn to put on a bra.
Must deal with an overachieving family.
Must not be alone with Jeff Matthews.

Review:

"When two sixth graders magically change bodies after bumping their heads together, the results are traumatic for them but hilarious for readers — especially those who have wondered what it would feel like to be a member of the opposite sex. After Tom and Emma realize they've undergone a gender switch, it takes them awhile to get used to their new skins. Besides having to adjust to the smaller, lighter frame of a female gymnast, Tom has to learn how to eat a civilized dinner with Emma's straight-laced family, juggle endless activities, deal with backbiting girlfriends, and put on and take off a bra. Emma, now a gangly, big-footed boy, must also conform to a new way of life, pitching baseballs instead of doing flips, coping with a pesky younger brother and rough-housing with guys whose idea of fun is throwing dirt clods and racing downhill in a shopping cart. Throughout the novel, Nelson (Rock Star, Superstar) demonstrates his keen understanding of peer pressure and gender stereotyping. In one exchange, Tom (in Emma's body) says, 'If I can't get dirty, then you can't cry,' to which Emma (as Tom) replies, 'I'll cry if I have to. This isn't exactly easy, you know.' Showing equal sensitivity to both sexes, the author provides honest, humorous answers to questions youngsters are often too embarrassed to ask: What does it mean to get a boner? What is it like to get your period? Can boys and girls really be friends? Ages 10-up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.)

Review:

"There are some humorous situations...but the epiphanies reached by the characters...are mundane....[M]ost readers will be disappointed by the lack of substance." School Library Journal

Review:

"[T]here's a lot to be said for a contemporary middle-grade comedy that both genders will find irresistible, and that will encourage a little deep thinking along with the laughs and gasps." Booklist

Review:

"While this book touches on many issues that young preteens may be curious about, parents please beware that there are some more mature topics brought up in an otherwise childish story." Children's Literature

Review:

"As is traditional in body-switching stories, Tom and Emma's incredible experience allows them to become friends again, a cheerful ending to a message-driven but enjoyable read." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In a novel reminiscent of Freaky Friday, teenagers Emma and Tom switch bodies, and soon learn what it's like to walk in each others' shoes.

About the Author

Blake Nelson currently lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385746960
Publisher:
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Author:
Nelson, Blake
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Publication Date:
20060328
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.62x5.84x.77 in. .74 lbs.
Age Level:
10-12

Related Subjects

Children's » Humor
Young Adult » General

Gender Blender
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Product details 192 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385746960 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When two sixth graders magically change bodies after bumping their heads together, the results are traumatic for them but hilarious for readers — especially those who have wondered what it would feel like to be a member of the opposite sex. After Tom and Emma realize they've undergone a gender switch, it takes them awhile to get used to their new skins. Besides having to adjust to the smaller, lighter frame of a female gymnast, Tom has to learn how to eat a civilized dinner with Emma's straight-laced family, juggle endless activities, deal with backbiting girlfriends, and put on and take off a bra. Emma, now a gangly, big-footed boy, must also conform to a new way of life, pitching baseballs instead of doing flips, coping with a pesky younger brother and rough-housing with guys whose idea of fun is throwing dirt clods and racing downhill in a shopping cart. Throughout the novel, Nelson (Rock Star, Superstar) demonstrates his keen understanding of peer pressure and gender stereotyping. In one exchange, Tom (in Emma's body) says, 'If I can't get dirty, then you can't cry,' to which Emma (as Tom) replies, 'I'll cry if I have to. This isn't exactly easy, you know.' Showing equal sensitivity to both sexes, the author provides honest, humorous answers to questions youngsters are often too embarrassed to ask: What does it mean to get a boner? What is it like to get your period? Can boys and girls really be friends? Ages 10-up. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.)
"Review" by , "There are some humorous situations...but the epiphanies reached by the characters...are mundane....[M]ost readers will be disappointed by the lack of substance."
"Review" by , "[T]here's a lot to be said for a contemporary middle-grade comedy that both genders will find irresistible, and that will encourage a little deep thinking along with the laughs and gasps."
"Review" by , "While this book touches on many issues that young preteens may be curious about, parents please beware that there are some more mature topics brought up in an otherwise childish story."
"Review" by , "As is traditional in body-switching stories, Tom and Emma's incredible experience allows them to become friends again, a cheerful ending to a message-driven but enjoyable read."
"Synopsis" by , In a novel reminiscent of Freaky Friday, teenagers Emma and Tom switch bodies, and soon learn what it's like to walk in each others' shoes.
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