Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Art of the Swap by Asselin and Malone - ADVISABLE

Asselin, Kristine and Jen Malone The Art of the Swap, 333 pages.  Aladdin (Simon), 2018.  $17.  Content: G.

Hannah, 12, loves living in The Elms museum with her caretaker father.  She does, however, sometimes get I trouble for correcting the docents in front of the patrons.  Always fascinated by mystery of the missing portrait of Maggie Dunlap, the tween heiress who grew up in the home over 100 years ago.  One day while looking at the replacement portrait, Hannah sees something in a mirror – Maggie!  When Maggie sees her, they can talk; but when they both touch the mirror, they trade places.  Now Hannah is in the perfect position to solve the ages old mystery and Maggie can help on the modern end – while adjusting to a world where girls are allowed to run and wears shorts!

I love a good time switch novel – from all the way back to Switching Well by Peni Griffin.  Asselin and Malone keep the narrative interesting and moving while letting us see the challenges and success of each girl.  If your students enjoy this one, you should recommend The Sixty-Eight Rooms series by Marianne Malone as a follow-up.

EL, MS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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