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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ember (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375865527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375865527
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2011:
"Bedford packs so much exhilarating action and cleanly cut characterizations into his teen debut that readers will be catapulted headfirst into Alex’s strange new world...The mysteries are countless: What is a soul? Where does it go when its human host ceases to function? Bedford adeptly sweeps the existential curtain aside and tackles these heavy questions as the tension soars."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2011:
"It’s an immediately engaging story, with careful pacing and strong characterizations that add depth to the basic premise...The author uses Alex’s predicament to examine questions of identity, family, and the human soul in ways that are involving and thought-provoking."


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About the Author

MARTYN BEDFORD has written five adult novels, including The Houdini Girl (Vintage). A former journalist, he teaches  at Leeds Trinity University College. Martyn lives in West Yorkshire, England, with his wife and two daughters. Flip is his first novel for young adults.


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Customer Reviews

Great characters, great story and moves very fast.
Pegleg
We are given an answer to how the switch may have occurred and I finally felt motivated to get to the end.
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To summarize, Flip is a book worth your time if you're looking for a quick, clever read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 4, 2011
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British author Martyn Bedford's first foray into YA literature is a believable bluff that will keep the pages moving. His hero Alex Gray, a clarinet and chess-playing sensitive kid from a London suburb, wakes up one day in a much more muscular and athletic body known as Philip "Flip" Garamond. Quickly introduced, the problems Alex confronts in life as Flip at home and at school propel the novel forward, as the boy is subjected to all manner of contradictions not only in looks but in lifestyles (and girlfriends -- plural, in dashing Flip's case). Eventually ethics filter in as Alex struggles with the disadvantages and begins to enjoy a few advantages of being someone he is not. Should he try to find his way back? Can he? Where is his own body? And is it even alive?

About the only one who recognizes Alex to NOT be Flip is the Garamond family's retriever, Beagle, who gives him a growl each time he sees him. Soon, though, Alex finds friends on the web -- folks who have experienced something called PE (no, not physical education -- psychic evacuation) like him. It's when a soul jumps the rails and lands in another body due to extreme physical duress or death of its own. Is it any wonder why Alex hesitates to type his own name in the Google search box? How'd you like to read your own obit?

Many interesting angles develop as Flip begins to perplex family and friends alike with some "new" habits (really his old ones). When he abandons such avocations as cricket and crudeness, his lads are REALLY worried. Where's good old Flip, the "boys-will-be-boys" type if ever there was one? Then he falls for a sensitive and intelligent girl -- not just a girl with a great body. This is the last straw for the rest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walt Eddy on May 4, 2011
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FLIP is an interesting word. It means many things, of course. It can be a transitive verb -- to throw or toss, to spin, or to flick; an intransitive verb -- to turn over, to somersault, or to move quickly and lightly; or a noun -- the act of flipping, as in a flip of the wrist, a reversal, or a mixed drink made of alcoholic beverages often with beaten eggs. It has transformed into other words, too: flip-flop, flipbook, flippant.

When I was fourteen or so, the age of the protagonist, Alex Grey, in this YA novel, the kids in my neighborhood used the word "flip" when they were frustrated. If, for example, you tried to make a layup when you were playing basketball and missed, you'd say, "Flip! I should've made that!"

Martyn Bedford chose to call his main character by the moniker, Flip. It was also chosen as the title of his book. It was a careful and calculated selection, bringing lots of inherent connotation with it. It's selection is indicative of the care with which Bedford has constructed an adventure in the lives of Alex Grey and Philip "Flip " Garamond for any willing reader to consider. Flip denotes action: being turned over or around, the dizziness of spinning, the frustration of -- not a missed basket -- but a missed life.

As a redheaded kid -- or, as the British say, ginger-headed -- with a freckled face, I identified with this story. Often, as a lad, I daydreamed about being popular, being athletic, having dark hair and skin that tanned, and being good-looking. Wished for it. "If only," I thought. Well, that's the basic premise in this book. Alex Grey plays the clarinet and likes chess. Boring. He sunburns and does relatively well in school; he doesn't get in trouble. He is not popular, there's nothing much about him to attract much attention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tactitles VINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
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The description of this book seemed familiar. Freaky Friday, Big, and Back To The Future came to mind. A nerdy boy wakes up in a popular, athletic boy's body. Predictable? I was pleasantly surprised that this book was so much more than that, on so many levels.

Fourteen year old Alex is an asthmatic geek who loves clarinets and chess. He wakes up one morning in the body of Phillip "Flip" Garamond, who is a popular athletic boy. Even worse, six months have passed and Alex is across the country from where he went to sleep last night. He struggles to figure out what has happened, and how to fix it without making people believe he is crazy. Is he stuck in his new body forever? He is now what many boys would like to be - popular and athletic, with many girlfriends and friends. There are perks to being Flip. But Alex wants to find a way to be himself again.

Modern technologies such as cell phones, email, and the internet add an interesting twist to the age-old body swap story. They lead you deeper into the story, but also add unexpected roadblocks. In a light-hearted way this book explores topics such as what is a soul, what identity means, and the will to survive. The parallels between how teenagers deal with identity issues and Alex's extreme experience with his new identity are tied together nicely. The book is not too deep for young adults, and older adults will get just as much out of the thought-provoking dilemmas and concepts that the characters face as younger readers. For a young adult book, the ending was definitely not as predictable as it could have been. It would be interesting to read a sequel, from the Flip side.
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