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Help! I'm Trapped In My Teacher's Body Paperback – January 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Apple (Scholsatic) (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590477374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590477376
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Todd Strasser is the author of more than 120 novels for YA and middle graders. His YA novels including such award winners as No Place, If I Grow Up, Boot Camp, Can't Get There From Here, Give a Boy a Gun, Wish You Were Dead, Blood on My Hands, Kill You Last, the Impact Zone series, and the DriftX series.

His books for middle graders include Abe Lincoln for Class President, Byte Barkley: Secret agent K-9, Don't Get Caught in the Girls' Locker Room, Grizzly Attack, and the best-selling 17-book Help! I'm Trapped in ... series.

His most recent novel for grades 5 and up, FALLOUT, received a stellar review in the New York Times and was named a must-read middle school book by School Library Journal.

Todd lives in a suburb of New York and speaks frequently at schools.

Customer Reviews

If your kids like "Freaky Friday" I think they will enjoy this book as well.
wolf_phantasy
I think that this book is very interesting as reading about Jake switching bodies with the very person that he dislikes, Mr. Dirksen, his science teacher amuses me.
Tan Dennis
Jake used to be a troublemaker in the science class, and now he ends up having to teach the same class!
Soft Paws

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm a Middle School Special Education Teacher. I read this book to my class (ages ranging from 11 - 14). ALL of my students loved it! I have never found a book that kept them so engaged in the story. They begged me to read it (even when it wasn't Reading class) and were disappointed when we finished. We have begun collecting this series of books in classroom sets. The minute we finish reading one - we begin another. We have completed reading 4 of the Help! I'm Trapped... series & our fifth just arrived yesterday. We are ordering our sixth next week. The students are worried we won't have time to finish them all before school is out. Most students buy their own books so they can keep them and re-read them when we finish.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a intersting book because it is about A kid named Jake Sherman and a the dorkiest teacher in the whole school Mr. Dirksen. Jake the kid always gets introble by his teacher Mr. Dirksen because he always meses around in class. He never dose his work and he never lesins to the teacher. One day something happens that all changes. Mr.Dirksen changes into Jake an Jake changes into Mr.Dirksen. At first Jake dosn't want to be Mr. Dirksen, but after a couple of days he likes it because he could do things that a kid can't do. Mr.Dirksen likes to be Jake because he never had a childhood and now that he has a chance to be a kid he is not going to waist it by not doing nothing. Jake would always let the students in class do booms and all the kids would look at him weard because Mr.Dirksen never let them have fun, but with Jake being the teacher all the kids would love it. The kids didn't know that Mr.Dirksen and Jake had switch bodys, but after some days Mr.Dirksen and Jake would have to switch because they don't want to be each other for the rest of their life's. So one day they had to go to the lab to mix some potiens and go back to normel. So Mr.Dirksen learnd how to a kid has a childhood and Jake learned that being an adult is a lot of hard work, but he got to do things like an adult that kids cannot do. This is a realy good fictional book to read for all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tan Dennis on June 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the best book that I have read so far. I think that this book is very interesting as reading about Jake switching bodies with the very person that he dislikes, Mr. Dirksen, his science teacher amuses me. Also, this story is about a boy and a teacher who after switching bodies with each other understand how the other person feels.

I wonder how it would feel like if I was trapped in the body of someone that I do not like. After reading this book, I would think twice about making fun about someone just incase I switched bodies with him and suffer what everyone has been doing to him. I learned that everyone has feelings and we should treat them with the same amount of respect they treat us with too.

Overall, I feel that this book is suitable for people with good imaginations especially kids. If I could recommend this book to anyone, I would recommend it first to my classmates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soft Paws on December 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am delighted to have discovered this author! We laughed hysterically throughout the book - both my boys aged 6 and 11 loved it, and so did I.

It is not easy to write a humorous book - many children's book rely on snide, disrespectful comments to adults or sarcastic so-called witty remarks to friends to be labelled as "humorous." This book, however, has clean humor and stays within decent boundaries, without being boring or old-fashioned either. The author has managed to strike a rare and unique balance in this regard.

Jake is a loveable character and he develops from being very self-centered to having more compassion and understanding for others towards the end, which is also an admirable aspect of the book.

The theme of the story was highly original and a few surprises line the way...Jake and his science teacher accidentally switch bodies in an experiment gone awry. Jake's parents are unaware of what happened and do not believe it when Jake in his new body try to inform them, but his sister has a suspicion that there might be some truth to it. Jake used to be a troublemaker in the science class, and now he ends up having to teach the same class! I'll leave it there so I won't spoil the excitement of discovering the story for oneself...

I am getting the next book in the series and also examining other books written by the same author - I see he has a whole bunch! So you'll be hearing more from me soon...
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A Kid's Review on December 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Help! I'm Trapped in my Teacher's Body

"Help! I'm Trapped in my Teacher's Body" by Todd Strasser is a story told from the viewpoint of a young twelve year old boy named Jake Sherman that was a complete troublemaker in Mr. Dirksen's sixth grade class. One day Jake gets in trouble by shooting spit balls across the classroom. Jake's science teacher, Mr. Dirksen, punishes Jake by making Jake carry Mr. Dirksen's stuff home from school.
While Jake and Mr. Dirksen are in Mr. Dirksen's garage looking at Mr. Dirksen's invention, an oscilloscope (body switcher), all of the sudden, lightning strikes the roof somehow causing Mr. Dirksen and Jake to switch bodies.
Sometimes, Jake enjoyed being the teacher but he really wanted to switch back into his body. Mr. Dirkson had forgotten how much fun it was being a kid so he decided not to switch back into his real body. Jake was stuck in the "old man's crummy body," so Jake began a quest to convince Mr. Dirksen that they should change back to their real bodies.
Jake's friends and fellow troublemakers, Andy and Josh, didn't understand what was going on, but Jessica, Jake's sister was finally convinced that Mr. Dirksen was really Jake. Ms. Rogers, a new teacher, falls in love with Jake, who is in Mr. Dirksen's body. When Mr. Dirksen finds out that Ms. Rogers wants to get married, he agrees to switch back to his real body so that he can marry Ms. Rogers.
Jake and Mr. Dirksen learn a valuable lesson that people cannot really be happy pretending to be someone else. People should be happy with who they really are. So, they connect a metal wire from a power plant to Mr.
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