Standiford, Natalie Switched at Birthday 231 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2014, $ 16.99 Content G.
Scarlet and Lavender are two 7th grade girls. Lavender is an outsider, she is bullied but has love and support at home. Lavender is spunky and somewhat at peace with who she is.
Scarlet has a mother and stepfather that really don’t care that much, and a rude step-brother. She knows how to dress and knows that she is popular and beautiful. Both girls want the lead in the school play. The girls have nothing in common, except their birthday. The morning after their birthday, the girls wake up as the other person. They need to figure out how to switch back to their own bodies.
This book was cute and funny, and I found myself laughing out loud at times. It was sad at times, but I really enjoyed reading this book. I think Natalie Standiford really captured the dialog, language, and attitudes of 7th grade girls. It was a fun book, and a quick read.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Ellen-Anita Olson, Teacher Librarian