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Trading Places

Claudia Mills

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Todd and Amy Davidson may be twins, but they’re complete opposites – Todd is organized and is the family “engineer,” while Amy is outgoing and has been dubbed the “poet.” So it would seem that for a fifth-grade economics project, Todd would come up with a master invention, and Amy would have a blast with her best friends as partners. To their surprise, Todd can’t think of a single idea, and Amy gets stuck working with the class crybaby. Then Todd begins writing poetry . . . But this is nothing compared to the switch their parents have made. Their father has been unemployed for months and their mother has started to work at a crafts store. Now there’s never enough food in the house, everybody is always on edge, and when Amy’s friends come over after school, they find Mr. Davidson, uncombed and unshaven, in his ratty old bathrobe. Will life ever return to normal?
With chapters that alternate between Todd’s and Amy’s points of view, this novel is a realistic and sometimes funny portrayal of a family adapting to changing roles. Trading Places is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Trading Places
1It was Monday morning of the first full week of school, and Todd Davidson's house was in its usual cheerful chaos--except for the empty place at the kitchen table where his father should have been, finishing up his quick breakfast of Grape-Nuts and coffee before heading off to work."Todd, I've put lunch money for you and Amy in your backpack, and the emergency contact forms, and the fifth-grade parent volunteer form," Todd's mother said, checking the list she had made for herself on the dry-erase board hanging by the telephone."You know how your sister is." She shot an affectionate
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Praise for Trading Places

"Beautifully drawn characters . . . who must accept failure and come to terms with change."  --Booklist
 
"A crisp drama that aptly shows how things rarely turn out perfectly in life, but they often work out well enough.  Mills level-headedly speaks for and to 'tweens about the ways we adjust to fit into an ever-changing world."  --Kirkus Reviews
 
"Readers will appreciate the easygoing read and may want to consider the possibilities of stepping beyond the boundaries of their own usual roles."  --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
"The realistic situations and characters will appeal to middle graders."  --School Library Journal

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Trading Places

Claudia Mills

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Alabama Children's Choice Book Award Master List, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, South Dakota Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award Master Lis, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Children's Crown Collection, NCSA
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