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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford

Switched at BirthdayLavender Myrtle Schmitz is short, stocky, and unpopular. Scarlet Martinez is tall, pretty, a soccer star and popular. They have nothing in common except their birthday; they share that day and this year they turn thirteen. The night of their birthday they both have a pink devil's food cake with an ugly orange wax candled shaped like a thirteen. Both make a wish and wake up the next morning in each others body (freaky right)! Now they each get to experience the opposite of what they are used to: Lavender - popular; Scarlet - unpopular. They also get to know each others families and get to see them in a different light. Scarlet and Lavender slowly start to see their own faults and their strengths. These realizations are the beginning of their friendship. Now that they are starting to see their flaws, will they be able to switch back to their old bodies?

If you like the movie, Freaky Friday or the book 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass, you will probably like this book. This fantasy book is all about empathy. It reminds me of the Cherokee proverb, "Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes." Said another way it's the ability to be able to feel what it's like to be that person.  A message we all need to remember in life.

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