What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that they should expect plenty of sexual and body-part humor typical of middle schoolers, covering erections, periods, etc. A boy who switches bodies with a girl gets his period; the girl in the boy's body tries to learn how to pee. The differences between boys and girls are talked about and stereotyped while the characters work out what gender means.
What's the story?
Emma and Tom used to be great friends in fourth grade, but by sixth grade they were practically enemies; all they did was fight. Things take a freaky turn when they have an accident and find themselves stuck in the other person's body!
Tom has to figure out how to be a girl and Emma has to work out what being a boy means -- and they both have to find their way back into the right body before time runs out.
Is it any good?
GENDER BLENDER is Freaky Friday for the sexes. Blake Nelson weaves a fun and light tale among the confusion that is middle school. Boys and girls have a hard enough time dealing with the changes that are happening to them, but dealing with the changes in the opposite sex is even more confusing. When ex-friends Emma Baker and Tom Witherspoon accidentally switch bodies, they are forced to take a harder look at the stereotypes and expectations placed on both sexes.
Nelson takes readers on a fun ride into the mysteries that surround the differences between boys and girls. Readers will giggle, sigh, and see themselves in the characters, and parents will love the questions and discoveries that characters make about themselves and each other.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the stereotypes both sexes face and how to deal with them. How are girls sterotyped, and why are these assumptions not always true? How about boys?