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Grades 4 - 8Grade 4n/a3.878156

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!

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!”

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on August 26, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN-10: 0062311697
ISBN-13: 9780062311696
15 Book Reviews
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  • bookwormdude29
    bookwormdude29Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10:10 pm55 stars
    To be honest, I would rate this a million stars, because this is literally THE BEST BOOK EVER! Everyone can relate to the plot sometime in their life. Both Ellie, your average 7th grader, and Jack, the most popular boy in the 8th grade, are tired of their lives, so when they jokingly wish to swap places, it ACTUALLY HAPPENS! Ellie must have to deal with Jack's very strict schedule for two days, while Jack must deal with Ellie's problems with her "friends". Sounds easy enough, right? NO WAY! Megan Shull teaches her readers that it's actually extremely difficult to live in someone's shoes, even when it's only as short as two days! Awesome book!
    • polaris_reviews
      polaris_reviewsWednesday, March 6, 2019 at 7:20 am
      This is my favorite book ever. So basically, JAck and Ellie go to the nurse at the same time (They don't know each other yet) and the lights go out. The nurse lady starts chanting something, and when the lights go back on, POOF, they switched bodies. We experience Ellie (Her mind in Jack's body) standing up to Jack's father, and Jack (In Ellie's body) going through "Girl Problems". In the end, Their parents, (Jack's dad & Ellie's mom) get married, and they become siblings. Like I said, best book ever, would read for the 3073rd time. :)
      • thatredheadxd
        thatredheadxdMonday, September 10, 2018 at 12:17 pm55 stars
        One day, Jack and Ellie both end up in the principle's office for different reasons and they both think it's easy being the other person. Soon enough they find themselves in each other's bodies. They both figure out each others' struggles and in the end, Jack's dad and Ellie's mom get married and they're stepsiblings. :)
        • #amazing🧝🏼‍♀️Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:35 am
          I 💕this book 📖
          • albina200
            albina200Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 8:11 am55 stars
            Amazing book
            • albina200
              albina200Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 7:40 am55 stars
              This book is amazing and the movie is too and there are challenging things they need to slove to get back into there life!😀
              • hummingbird1
                hummingbird1Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm55 starsFeatured
                Ellie O'Brian and Jack Malloy are two very different kids. When they both coincidentally meet up in the nurse's office on the first day of school, they joke about swapping lives, both thinking the other has it easier. The nurse mutters a spell about switching lives, and just like that, they swap. Jack is in Ellie's body, and Ellie is in Jack's. At the end of the day Friday, they agree to demand the nurse to switch them back on Monday. They just have to survive the weekend. Over the course of the weekend, Ellie has to deal with Jack's demanding dad, hockey, Jack's brothers, and exercising like she's never done before. Jack has to deal with mean girls at sleepovers and talking about puberty. As they see what the other goes through every day, they realize that no one has it easy, and appreciates their own life. The Swap is narrated by both Jack and Ellie, and does a great job of helping you understand what is happening. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I know you will too.
                • joeycollin13
                  joeycollin13Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm
                  The book sounds good! Thx for another cool review!
                • danacreekside
                  danacreeksideWednesday, October 21, 2015 at 3:58 pm
                  The Swap swings you into the life of a middle school girl who's life has pretty much been turned upside down ever since her dad left, and a middle school boy who has a similar problem with his mom. They both think they have it pretty bad. But when they find themselves in each other's body, things get complicated. this book has a combination of humor, mischief, growing up, and just a tiny bit of magic.
                  • danacreekside
                    danacreeksideWednesday, October 21, 2015 at 3:55 pm
                    The Swap swings you into the life of a middle school girl who's life has pretty much been turned upside down ever since her dad left, and a middle school boy who has a similar problem with his mom. They both think they have it pretty bad. But when they find themselves in each other's body, things get complicated. This book has a combination of humor, mischief, growing up, and just a tiny bit of magic.
                    • danacreekside
                      danacreeksideWednesday, October 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm
                      The Swap swings you into the life of a middle school girl who's world has pretty much been turned upside down, ever since her dad left, and a middle school boy who has a similar problem with his mom. They both think they have it pretty bad. But when they find themselves in each other's body, things get complicated. This book has a mix of humor, mischief, growing up, and a tiny bit of magic.