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