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MG Review: Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford

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Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
 
Grade Level: 3 – 7
 
Hardcover: 240 pages
 
Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 25, 2014)

Series: None

Genre: Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

What if your birthday wish turned you into someone else?

Lavender
and Scarlet are nothing alike. Scarlet is tall, pretty, and popular —
the star of the soccer team and the queen of the school. Lavender is . .
. well, none of these things. Her friends aren’t considered cool, her
hair is considered less than uncool, and her performance at the recent
talent show is something nobody will ever forget — even though she
really, really wants it to be forgotten.

There’s only one thing Lavender and Scarlet know for sure they have in common: the same birthday.

They’ve
never had parties together. They’ve never swapped presents. But this
year, because of two wishes that turned all too true, they are about to
swap something much bigger than presents. Because the morning after
their birthdays, Lavender is going to wake up in Scarlet’s body . . .
and Scarlet is going to make up in Lavender’s. But in order to change
back, they’re going to have to figure out how to be someone completely
opposite of who they ordinarily are . . . 

 

Find the Book:

About the Author:

Natalie Standiford was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, but now
lives in New York City. She plays bass in the rock bands Tiger Beat
(featuring fellow YA writers Libba Bray, Dan Ehrenhaft, and Barney
Miller) and Ruffian. Find out more at her web site:
www.nataliestandiford.com.

My Thoughts:

The switching bodies storyline is always fun, and while this book doesn’t give a
new spin on the old tale, it’s still a lot of fun to read. Lavender is
short, hairy, and grouchy. Scarlet is tall, pretty, and sweet. They both
make a birthday wish and end up switching places. The plot plays out
precisely the way you expect it to. They both learn things about each
other and themselves. They both make changes and improvements. When they
have sufficiently improved for the better, they also figure out how to
switch back.

Lavender’s voice is humorous. She is snarky and has a witty comeback for
everything. I loved the chapters that she narrated. At the same time,
Scarlet has a knack for recognizing things for what they are. She is the
first to realize maybe her friends aren’t as nice as she
thought, and maybe the things she used to do aren’t so nice either.

The book had a nice message. When you put yourself in someone elses’
shoes (literally, in this case), you understand where they are coming
from. It may even change the way you treat them. It’s a fun book that
kids will enjoy reading.

Content: clean

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    June 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Awww… I wish there was a spin on this story. It sounds nice though. Lavender's personality is always welcome in the books I read (:

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