Now a Disney Channel Original Movie, Megan Shull’s smart and funny twist on Freaky Friday is perfect for fans of Wendy Mass, Jerry Spinelli, and Jon Scieszka! This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.
With one random wish, Jack and Ellie are living life in each other’s shoes. He’s her. And she’s him. ELLIE assumed popular guys didn’t worry about body image, being perfect, or talking to girls, but acting like you’re cool with everything is tougher than it looks. JACK thought girls had it easy—no fights with bullies, no demanding dads, no power plays—but facing mean girls at sleepovers and getting grilled about your period is way harder than taking a hit to the face at sports practice.
Now they’re dealing with each other’s middle school dramas—locker room teasing, cliques, video game battles, bra shopping, and a slew of hilariously awkward moments—until they hopefully switch back! Told in both Jack’s and Ellie’s voices, The Swap offers a fresh and honest take on tween friendship, all while exploring more serious themes of family, loss, empathy, and what it really means to be yourself. And as Jon Scieszka says, it’s “seriously, truly, fearlessly funny!”
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.
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Don’t watch the movie 🎥 it will make the book seem boring cause you already know how the story goes but if I pretend I never watch the movie 🎥 it’s an awesome 👏 📖🥳🥳
I love this book! It perfectly captures average middle school lives- but with a magical twist. It deserves more than 5 stars! Girls AND BOYS need to read this. I actually watched the movie version first, so if you liked that, the book is 10x better.
One of best books ever 👌😻
Love it but warning the movie ruins the books so read the book first