Friday, March 19, 2010

Gender Blender by Blake Nelson

The students at George Wilson Middle School are studying gender issues, and sixth graders Emma and Tom are about to get an up-close-and-personal look at the differences. Small, scholarly, competitive Emma finds herself in the body of her former friend Tom, and the slacker, base-ball playing, easygoing Tom finds himself in Emma's body. Can they figure out what caused them to switch bodies - and if they can ever switch back?

This book doesn't shy away from frank portrayals of puberty: Emma-as-Tom gets an erection, and Tom-as-Emma experiences her period. Many of the findings might come off as a bit simplistic, but it's a good book for middle grade readers and a good starting point for some further conversations.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Freaky Monday by Mary Rodgers and Heather Hach
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger

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