“You never really understand a person until . . . you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” After uttering this line from To Kill a Mockingbird, 13-year-old Hadley finds her body mysteriously switched with her earthy English teacher, Ms. Pitt, and their daylong adventure produces predictably awkward situations and enlightening revelations for both. While not as original as in 1972, when Rodgers’ Freaky Friday was published, the body-switching premise is still a funny fantasy that offers instructive insight into seeing the world from another’s perspective. Unfortunately, Hadley’s voice lacks eighth-grade authenticity, and its frantic pacing, quick-dating cultural references, and language that seems to aim for cool, and miss, further detract from the story. Readers will likely forgive all when Hadley and Ms. Pitt, who had both used school to escape the world, successfully broaden their horizons and land their dream boy and dream job respectively, just in time for Tuesday. Grades 4-7. --Andrew Medlar
About the Author
Mary Rodgers is the author of Freaky Friday, a book that has sold more than a million copies, has been made into two movies, and is now considered, quite rightly, a classic. Mary has also written two other novels for young readers, Summer Switch and A Billion for Boris, as well as the music for the musical Once Upon a Mattress. A trustee of the Juilliard School, Mary Rodgers lives and works in New York City.
Heather Hach (rhymes with Bach) wrote the screenplay for the most recent Freaky Friday movie and the book for Legally Blonde: The Musical. Heather recently appeared as a judge on MTV's The Search for Elle Woods. Heather Hach writes books and screenplays in West Hollywood, California, where she lives with her husband, an animator, and her daughter, a toddler.
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