Rave Reviews Log: Realistic Fiction

October 23, 2006

Gender Blender

By Blake Nelson
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

Emma and Tom are neighbors. They were friends up until 4th grade, but now, in 6th grade, all they seem to do is fight. Then they collide heads on a trampoline while Tom has an arrowhead in his pocket and they magically switch bodies! Emma discovers an old legend that says they have 4 days to learn how to settle their differences or they will be cursed to stay in the wrong body forever. Emma and Tom try to solve their problem, but meanwhile, life is still happening. Tom has to learn how to act and dress like a girl and go to Emma's Girl Scouts meeting, gymnastic meet, and piano lessons. Emma has to learn how to be a boy and pitch in Tom's baseball tryouts, as well as outwit Tom's little brother. And what about Emma's chances with the very cute Jeff and Tom's chances with gorgeous Kelly? With all this happening, how can they learn to get along with each other? This is a very enjoyable and funny story, which shows the different expectations we have of boys and girls. It will hit a chord with tweens of both sexes. Thumbs up!


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