- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Demarche Publishing LLC; 2nd edition (August 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982307705
- ISBN-13: 978-0982307700
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,060,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book about a black and a white kid switching bodies handles race very well. This is a brave thing to do and done successfully_Great character development. - --Judge's commentary, Writer's Digest Awards Contest (2010)
Peart shows a gentle understanding of race issues and identity issues among adolescent males. Although the premise might seem far-fetched, the plot is consistent throughout and the characters maintain a very balanced development. ----Chris Phillips :Word Coach" (Sandy Springs, GA 30328)
Great read. It never fails to amaze me how an author can conceive of such a potent story line and at the same time send an important message. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and will pass it along to my grandchildren and friends. ---Patricia Falco, NYC
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The premise is an interesting one, especially the way they survive the culture shock of being in the bodies and homes of a boy they never met. The telepathic connection is a neat twist. However, with the addition of spousal abuse, the story is not as benign as one might think. In fact, my middle school child took offense at the use of profanity throughout the story even though the "F" word was never used.
So, although a good read, parents should read first or along with their children.
Review by Chris Phillips
What does it feel like to be someone else? What happens if one person changed into another's body? Peart has written a young adult novel about just that. She takes the two protagonists, Steve and Greg, through this exchange.
Greg is a sophomore in a public school. His mother is raising her two sons alone in an apartment. Steve is a sophomore in a private school. His mother is raising him with the help of his stepfather in an affluent neighborhood. One night Greg dreams of a vicious attack by Steve's stepfather on Steve. Is it real? Does it really happen? He doesn't know until the next time, when instead of just dreaming it he finds that he is living it.
Through a process undisclosed, Greg occupies Steve's body and vice versa. After an adjustment by both boys, they begin to discover that they will have to live each other's lives for at least a time. Greg's father has left after a fight. Steve and his mother are enduring an abusive relationship. Both have problems and neither knows how to fix them. Will it help if Greg makes the tough decisions that Steve fears? Will it help if Steve resolves Greg's problems? And does it matter that Greg is black and Steve is white? Finally, will they ever change back?
The story is consistent and wonderfully enlightening. There is glimpse after glimpse into the interactions between these two disparate but strangely similar young men trying to get by in life. The adventures are very engrossing and will keep the reader wanting to read just one more page after another.
Peart shows a gentle understanding of race issues and identity issues among adolescent males. Although the premise might seem far-fetched, the plot is consistent throughout and the characters maintain a very balanced development.
This book is highly recommended for any young adult readers, for their parents and for anyone wanting to relive the struggles of a teenager with a twist.
Published by Demarche Publishing, [...] Reviewer received book from the publisher.
The author handles the curious relationships formed when two boys switch bodies in a fun, relatively convincing, and surprisingly intricate style. Each can feel the others' pain. Both feel betrayal. And each views his neighbor's world through a mixture of pre-conceived ideas and the fresh eyes needed to shed light.
"I don't want to be black," says one. "I don't want to be white." With true teenage flexibility, they forge ahead and find their worlds not so different; their needs and desires almost the same.
Resolution comes when both boys learn to respect each others' advice. Then black and white adults come to their families' aid and show themselves in shades of pre-conceived prejudice too. The boys are left to guide and build on what they've learned.
Linked is a fast-moving story. There's no long lingering thoughts and diatribes. But the thoughts that the tale inspires linger long after the telling. I'm grateful to the DeMarche Publishing for letting me read this, a fun teenage novel, with a neat mix of action, science fiction and social science, and some wise lessons to learn.
the plot is intriguing and surprising this book make for a very good read .
I look foward to enjoying more of her work in the near future