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Publisher Comments:

One December night, 14-year-old Alex goes to  bed. He wakes up to  find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country, and it's the middle of June. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers.

And when he looks in the mirror, another boy's face stares back at him.  A boy named Flip. Unless Alex finds out what's happened and how to get back to his own life,  he may be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else. 

Questions of identity, the will to survive, and what you're willing to sacrifice to be alive make this extraordinary book impossible to put down.

Review:

"Adult novelist Bedford (The Houdini Girl) makes his YA debut with a moving tale that juggles realistic high school fiction with fantasy while deftly avoiding clichés from both genres. Teenage Alex wakes up one day to find that he has no memory of the past six months of his life and is stuck in the body of a teenager named Philip (nicknamed Flip). As he attempts to live his new life, he learns that his actual body is across the country, in a coma, and that there are others who have swapped bodies as well. Alex is torn between the opportunities a life in Flip's body offers — no asthma, gorgeous girlfriends — and the knowledge that this isn't really his life. Bedford does an excellent job of getting into the mind of a teenager, focusing less on the reason behind the switch than on Alex's concerns about how his friends and family (in both bodies) are affected by the situation. A few missteps — Alex's reluctance to avoid researching his own history being the most notable — don't make the story any less engrossing. Ages 14 — up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWxyz LLC)

About the Author

MARTYN BEDFORD has written five adult novels, including The Houdini Girl (Vintage). A former journalist, he teaches  at Leeds Trinity University College. Martyn lives in West Yorkshire, England, with his wife and two daughters. Flip is his first novel for young adults.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385739900
Author:
Bedford, Martyn
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Subject:
England
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.63 x 6 x 1 in 0.85 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Adult novelist Bedford (The Houdini Girl) makes his YA debut with a moving tale that juggles realistic high school fiction with fantasy while deftly avoiding clichés from both genres. Teenage Alex wakes up one day to find that he has no memory of the past six months of his life and is stuck in the body of a teenager named Philip (nicknamed Flip). As he attempts to live his new life, he learns that his actual body is across the country, in a coma, and that there are others who have swapped bodies as well. Alex is torn between the opportunities a life in Flip's body offers — no asthma, gorgeous girlfriends — and the knowledge that this isn't really his life. Bedford does an excellent job of getting into the mind of a teenager, focusing less on the reason behind the switch than on Alex's concerns about how his friends and family (in both bodies) are affected by the situation. A few missteps — Alex's reluctance to avoid researching his own history being the most notable — don't make the story any less engrossing. Ages 14 — up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWxyz LLC)
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