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Gender Blender

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Fun switcheroo tale is good for gender-role talk.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

This book highlights a time when boys and girls are both repelled and drawn to each other. There's some sexism from both genders, but they do recognize similarities and positive attributes in each other.


Two girls get into a fight at a party. A couple of boys throw dirt clods at each other and one tries to pee on several older boys that are harassing him.


Much body-part humor; a health education class and students bring up boners, pitching a tent, etc. Girls reflect on whether they are developed enough and who's more developed. Boys try to look down girls' shirts and everyone is curious about making out. A girl and boy switch bodies so there's discussion about how to pee; the boy checks out his "girl" body, gets his period, and gets a chance to be in the girls' locker room. Discussion of naked pictures and masterbation.


Body part humor is the worst of it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written byBigGuyJake April 3, 2011

Tee-hee! Hilarious!

I thought it was very amusing, but sort of inapro-pro! Hilarious though.
Parent of a 12 year old Written bytealsweety July 7, 2009
Teen, 17 years old Written byusername January 28, 2009

omg soo good!

this book is so good! its 4 gurl and boys i related 2 everything that happened like when she got her period i really loved it it was so funny! i love blake nels... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byemma3amanda9 July 5, 2009

Very informative!

It was very informative. If anyone is afraid of talking to their parents then this answers a lot of questions. It was funny and a good, easy book to read!

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the stereotypes both sexes face and how to deal with them. How are girls stereotyped, and why are these assumptions not always true? How about boys?

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