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Gender Blenderby Blake Nelson
Synopses & Reviews
Wants Jeff Matthews to notice her.
Hates sexist boys.
Wonders when she'll get her period.
Then something freaky happens: Emma and Tom switch bodies. And until they can find a remedy:
"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.)
"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
"[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
"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
"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
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.
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